Arrest made in connection with shooting death of man found on Essex sidewalk

Tavon Malik EdwardsPolice in Baltimore County have arrested and charged a man in connection with a shooting death from last month.

Tavon Malik Edwards, 19, of the 3100-block of Bancroft Road (21215) has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Howard Blevins, who was found on a sidewalk on Sandy Stone Road in Essex (21221) at just after midnight on June 2nd.


Blevins was suffering from obvious trauma to the upper portion of his body and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy had determined the cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound.

Detectives determined that Edwards and Blevins were known associates dealing in illicit narcotics. Edwards approached Blevins that night and shot him to death following their interaction. He then fled the scene in a vehicle parked nearby.

Edwards is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status following an initial bail hearing earlier today.

Homicide detectives investigating death of man found on Essex sidewalk

UPDATE: An arrest has been made in connection with this case – details here.

Original story below…


Authorities are investigating after a 50-year-old man was found dead on a sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Essex overnight.

At just after midnight, officers responded to the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road (21221) after a neighbor saw the man laying on the sidewalk and called 9-1-1.

The man has been identified as Howard Vermont Blevins of the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road.

Blevins was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:30 a.m. Police reportedly found evidence of trauma to the upper body. Cause and manner of death are pending the results of an autopsy.


Homicide detectives are conducting an investigation into this incident and are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact police at 410-307-2020.