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Suspect arrested in Towson hotel homicide

Baltimore County police investigate overnight Parkville shooting
Posted at 6:14 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 11:00:02-04

TOWSON, Md. — UPDATE: Baltimore County Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the homicide. The suspects identity is being withheld pending charges.

The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Jeremiah David Koch.


Baltimore County Police are investigating a murder at the Comfort Inn in Towson Thursday.

Police said they were responding to reports of an armed man at around 2:30 a.m. when officers were directed to a hotel room. Inside, they found a man dead with trauma to his upper body.

"There were reports of a shooting but right now, we can't confirm that that's the cause of death for the person inside the room," said Officer Jen Peach.

The department said it's being investigated as a homicide.

"I feel bad for his family... He could have been staying with his family, you never know and just the fact that he's not coming back home bothers me too," said Darius Reynolds, who works nearby. "It just makes me feel like you really gotta watch out. You can't be comfortable no more. You really gotta pay attention to what you're doing and who's around us. We can't really trust anybody no more because how could you get killed in a hotel room? You know it just doesn't make sense."

The victim was being taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where cause of death and identity can be determined. A pickup truck was towed to police headquarters for processing, but police could not confirm if the vehicle belonged to the victim, a possible suspect, or anyone related to the crime.

Investigators remained active at the hotel, through the morning, collecting evidence, looking at room records and trying to speak to any potential witnesses who may have seen or heard something related to the shooting. Peach encouraged anyone who might know anything to come forward and inform police.

"Even a little piece of information that you think is insignificant may well be extremely significant," Peach said.