Man steals cab in Joppa, crashes into police cars

Dionte Kyrell James TorrenceA would-be carjacker had a run of bad luck over the weekend.

At just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a report of a carjacking in the Joppatowne Plaza in Joppa. At the scene, officers learned that a black male had entered a cab, requested a ride to Baltimore, then implied he had a weapon.


The cab driver jumped out of the car and the suspect got into the driver’s seat and fled with the cab. A call went out for deputies to be on the lookout for the taxi.

Shortly thereafter, the Harford County sheriff was traveling along Route 40 in the area of Route 755 in Edgewood when he spotted the cab.  After a brief pursuit, the suspect crashed into two vehicles from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office along Route 40 near Spesutia Road. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Deputies took the suspect, identified as Dionte Kyrell James Torrence, 24, of Baltimore, into custody and charged him with carjacking, second-degree assault, and theft.

He was taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail.

Carjacking reported in Overlea, Super 8 Motel robbed

CarjackingPolice are investigating a carjacking that was reported in Overlea/Fullerton and a robbery that occurred at an Essex motel.

At 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, an individual approached a vehicle in the 200-block of Leslie Avenue (21236). The suspect opened the driver’s side door, jumped in, then forced the victim to move to the passenger side. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle, however the suspect then stole the victim’s car, wallet, and cellphone.


At just after midnight on Thursday, August 23, two individuals entered the Super 8 Motel, located on Stemmers Run Road in Essex (21221), displayed a handgun, then stole money from the cash register.

Police investigate pair of carjackings, thieves attempt to steal Fullerton ATM

Police GraphicPolice are investigating two carjackings and an attempted ATM theft that were reported on Sunday.

At just before 1:15 a.m., three individuals entered a man’s car in the 2100-block of Redthorn Road in Middle River (21220). One of the suspects displayed a handgun, then they took the victim’s vehicle, money, and two cell phones.


At just after 4 a.m., two individuals approached another individual in the 9100-block of Oswald Way in Rosedale (21237). At gunpoint, the suspects stole the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was later recovered.

At just before 4:15 a.m., two individuals struck a SECU bank ATM in the 7900-block of Rossville Boulevard in Fullerton (21236) with a skid loader in an attempt to remove it from the location. The suspects were not successful.

Carjacking reported in Nottingham, Fullerton restaurants robbed

CarjackingPolice are investigating a Nottingham carjacking and two local robberies that were reported this week.

At about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, a man was ordered out of his vehicle by an armed suspect in the 8100 block of Perry Hills Road in Nottingham (21236). The suspect got in and sped off in the victim’s vehicle.

At 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, four armed individuals entered the Szechuan Taste restaurant, located in the 7600 block of Belair Road (21236) via a rear door. Forcing the waitress to open the register, the suspects stole cash and then fled the scene.

At just after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, an individual entered the Subway restaurant located in the 7600 block of Belair Road (21236) and purchased food. When the cashier opened the register, the suspect leaned over the counter and threatened the cashier as he grabbed the money from the register. The suspect then fled on foot.

Rosedale food delivery driver carjacked, man threatened at gunpoint in Nottingham

Police LightsPolice are investigating a handful of crimes that were reported this week.

At 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, a contractor arrived at a residence in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue in Essex (21221) to complete construction work. He encountered an individual who had broken into the residence. The armed suspect robbed the contractor of his wallet containing cash, and then fled with another suspect who was there as a lookout. The wallet was recovered without the cash.

Sometime between 11 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, and 4 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, an individual shattered the front door of Tandori Kabab and Grill, located in the 8700 block of Philadelphia Road in Rosedale (21237). The suspect stole the cash register containing cash.

Sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, an individual broke into an on Swampscott Court in Parkville (21234). Once inside, the suspect stole two TVs, jewelry, and a keyboard.

At 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, a food delivery driver was making a delivery in the 9200 block of Oswald Way in Rosedale (21237) when four individuals approached and assaulted him. The suspects then took the food and his vehicle keys, then fled the scene in the delivery driver’s vehicle.

At just after 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, a man was jogging past a group of teenagers in the area of Kintore Drive at Walther Boulevard (21236) when one of the teens ran behind him, threatened him, and pointed a gun at him. The victim ran away and called 911 when he returned home.