Juve. Services Says Marilyn Mosby's Office Had Officer Caprio's Killer Released

Dawnta Harris was released before he killed a police officer.

Baltimore, MD - The 16-year-old accused of murdering Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio was referred to as a “one-man crime wave” by the judge who oversaw his bail hearing on Tuesday.

Dawnta Harris’ juvenile criminal history showed that he was no stranger to the criminal justice system, WBAL reported.

On Monday – the same day that Harris fatally struck 29-year-old Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio with a stolen Jeep – he was actually supposed to be under house arrest for a litany of previous motor vehicle theft offenses, Maryland Secretary of Juvenile Services Sam Abed said in a press conference.

According to Abed, Harris’ public defender worked with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby's office, and the court to release the teen from custody on May 10, WMAR reported.

The hearing was held without the Juvenile Services Department’s involvement, he added.

“On May 10, there was a detention that the department was not a party to, where the youth was released back to electronic monitoring,” Abed said.

"We said he shouldn't be in such a program. He needs to be back in detention, but we don't have the authority in the department to do that alone," Abed said, according to WBAL.

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby fired back at Abed during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, and said she was “more than appalled, disheartened, and perplexed” by his comments.

Mosby alleged that Abed attempted to “shift responsibility away from his department” by placing blame on the prosecutor’s office “for the release of an alleged murderer.”

“I categorically deny the accuracy of the secretary’s statements about the actions taken by both my office and the department,” she said.

She then noted that juvenile matters are bound by “secrecy” laws, which she claimed Abed had violated.

Because of those same laws, she claims that she can't provide any details to back up her claims of not asking for the release of a cop-killer during her re-election campaign.

Abed disagreed, and said he could speak publicly regarding Harris’ record because he had been charged as an adult, WBAL reported.

Harris’ juvenile criminal history showed a pattern of repeated offenses, WBAL reported.

He was arrested on four occasions for vehicle thefts between December of 2017 and March of this year, resulting in him being placed in several detention and community programs.

One of the vehicle thefts even occurred while Harris was attending a juvenile placement program in Montgomery County, according to WBAL.

He was detained on April 17, but the court released him onto electronic monitoring on May 10, Abed said during the press conference.

“While he was on electronic monitoring between then and May 18, his compliance was poor,” Abed continued.

The Juvenile Services Department again asked that Harris be brought back before the court for noncompliance, but the hearing was continued on May 18, and no court order was ever issued.

Harris absconded from house arrest, and his own mother even reported that her son was missing and out of compliance, Abed said.

"Our staff contacted his mother on numerous occasions. We attempted to contact the youth through his cellphone. We went to the school and other places that we knew him to frequent, to try and locate him. We made many attempts to try to contact this young man," he explained.

Having disregarded his house arrest conditions, Harris proceeded to steal a black Jeep, and he and his friends headed to Perry Hall to burglarize residences.

Court documents said that Harris admitted to investigators that he was waiting in the Jeep while 17-year-old Eugene Genius, 16-year-old Derrick Matthews, and 15-year-old Darrell Ward committed a residential burglary.

“They used forced entry to get into a home , threw a rock through a window, went inside stealing jewelry, cash, anything they could get their hands on,” Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said during the press conference.

Officer Caprio was dispatched to the neighborhood to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle, when she encountered Harris.

Harris said he attempted to flee, but ended up in a cul-de-sac.

Officer Caprio pursued him, then exited her patrol vehicle and demanded that Harris get out of the Jeep, court documents said.

Harris said he opened the driver’s door partway, but that he closed the door again, and “drove at the officer,” the report read.

Bodycam footage showed that Officer Caprio fired her duty weapon at her attacker, just before he fatally struck her with the vehicle, police said. Harris then fled the scene.

Investigators located a bullet hole in the front windshield of the abandoned Jeep, the department said in the press release.

Harris was arrested “almost immediately” after the attack, Chief Sheridan said during the press conference.

"The medical examiner has ruled homicide,” he added. “Cause of death is multiple traumas to the head and torso.”

Harris was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to the department.

He appeared before the court on Tuesday for a bail hearing, but this time the judge denied him bond.

"Your client, in the last six months, is a one-man crime wave," a Baltimore County judge told Harris’ attorney, according to WBAL. "I'm not sure any facility is secure enough to hold him."

Harris’ accomplices were apprehended on Tuesday.

All three were automatically waived to adult status, and have been charged with first-degree murder under the felony murder law, as well as first-degree burglary, police said.

Officer Caprio would have marked her fourth anniversary with the Baltimore County Police Department in July, WBAL reported.

She was the first female officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the department.

Officer Caprio will be laid to rest on Friday, Chief Sheridan said.

Comments (43)
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Marxest
Marxest

Big deal. Lots of criminals have breaks afforded to them and still commit offenses. We can't see the future.

FortheDonuts
FortheDonuts

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. "He was arrested on four occasions for vehicle thefts between December of 2017 and March of this year". They must have been waiting for him to actually kill someone to stop slapping him on the wrist, and Officer Caprio unfortunately paid the ultimate price for the negligence of the State.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Big deal! Go tell that to the family of the officer who was run over by this animal! This criminal should have never been out. I blame judge and the prosecutor who have all thw power to remand or release criminals.

RunCop
RunCop

Mosby is a turd

Heezels
Heezels

“Big deal. Lots of criminals have breaks afforded to them and still commit offenses. We can't see the future.”

To some degree you can. It would be understandable if Harris has committed different crimes. But each charge was for vehicle theft. Unfortunately, the pressure of knowing he fucked up again, as an accomplice to burglary and vehicle theft made him desperate. So yeah. This is a big deal, it could have been avoided.

For example, if someone went to jail for sex with a child, would you want that person watching your child? They are technically “reformed.”

fireslayer
fireslayer

I can’t believe this pathetic person is still in office especially after her dealings with the Freddie Gray case.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

We should lock her up.

usac95
usac95

If it wasn't for her family being in law enforcement Marilyn Mosby would be working as a house maid
what a poor excuse for a city
attorney

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I see the comments that you can’t see into the future to if this thug would recommit, well since December, 2017, he has committed 4 felonies, and in the adult world if he was out on bond it could have been revoked and he could have sat in jail till court. This kid should have been locked up somewhere until they could have found out what his malfunction was, but Ms Mosby has blood all over her hands and she has definitely has failed the system and should be disbarred for her actions. The people of Baltimore should run her off. You would have thought she would have learn after the Baltimore PD incident but just like this kid she hasn’t learned her lesson or she is just plain stupid. Now a COP has lost her life because Ms Mosby thuggish ways!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Marxest It wouldn't have been a "big deal" if you had been on the receiving end. Unfortunately it was someone who mattered.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I don't think they could have foreseen that an officer would place herself in the path of a moving vehicle.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Mosby once again has blood on her hands.

gfc1963
gfc1963

So you're making this the cops fault she got killed?? Are you on crack? If the juvenile POS was behind bars this would not have happened. You, Markest and HCD all must be inbred cousins.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Police officers shouldn't put themselves in the path of vehicles that are fleeing, or likely to flee. This should not be some kind of forbidden knowledge or secret wisdom. It should be upon the lips and tongue of every police officer and retired police officer.
Because Blue Lives Matter. Police officers can't totally prevent criminals from being reckless when they use a vehicle to evade arrest, but they can, and should, stay out of the paths of these fleeing vehicles (even if it means missing a chance to shoot a bullet at the driver).

StandforTheBlue
StandforTheBlue

I cannot get over the fact that no matter what happens the "blame"is on the officer??? What the crap? If he sped up and ram over her, well "she should have moved"? What if she had and then he ran over someone else instead? At that time, most likely, the officer, the police dept and the city would have been sued for gazillions of $$'s. The Blue are in this alone it seems in most cases today. One day we will wake up and they have all gone on strike, or quit. Then what will happen to Chicago? Baltimore? And or any other city?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I do not agree to your use of the word "blame." Yes, it appears that her discretionary actions caused her death (and we will have more detailed knowledge on that when they release the video(s), which they should). But "blame" implies that those actions were criminal, or sinful, or something like that. They were not sinful or criminal. They were most likely simply bad tactical decisions. We cannot bring her back, but we can learn from her death and train officers better on a going-forward basis. They should name a training program after her -- that would give the program some needed poignancy.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

She is merely doing her best to represent the constituency who voted her into office. Baltimore is a cesspool. The laws be damned.

Heezels
Heezels

"I don't think they could have foreseen that an officer would place herself in the path of a moving vehicle."

The vehicle wasn't moving when she was in front of it. She did that to stop him. It didn't.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Heezels. Maybe, maybe not. Bodycam footage will show the answer. Whether the Jeep was moving or merely running, it was a fatally bad idea to get in front of it and start shooting.

Heezels
Heezels

"Maybe, maybe not. Bodycam footage will show the answer. Whether the Jeep was moving or merely running, it was a fatally bad idea to get in front of it and start shooting."

When you exit the vehicle then get back in, it would probably safe to say that the vehicle was stopped. Otherwise, it wouldn't be safe for the suspect to exit the vehicle then get back into it. Even at that point, it would appear that the suspect did have second thoughts about trying to escape because the officer is there.

But once you get back into the vehicle, you've essentially stated your intent to flee at that point. His non-compliance in no way stops this from being a bad decision on his part. She's trying to stop the chase so that it doesn't go into the streets where property might be damaged, or the life of citizens might be in peril.

I believe what you're trying to say is that she may have shot prematurely, causing him to fear for his life and drive forward to escape. Which is understandable. That also might be a possibility. Or you could simply be saying that every case an officer is in front of a vehicle is a bad strategy.

Unfortunately, that isn't the case. Exiting the vehicle then returning to the driver's seat doesn't make this any better for the suspect. The officer placed herself in front of the vehicle with the hope of stopping this chase from going further. It's a common tactic, and it is effective. Keep in mind, the vehicle is stolen, and they don't know anything about the kid inside of the vehicle. He's a high threat priority. The police are there to enforce the law and to stop threats to the community. She was trying to stop him by limiting his options of escape. Either he tries to drive through her, risk his own life, or tack on more charges than he already has. He thought he could get away. He couldn't. At the end of the day, it didn't work out well for him. At best he'll get a manslaughter charge on top of his other vehicle theft charges, and fleeing house arrest to commit a crime. He got his friends wrapped up in his possible murder charge. This isn't a good event, and her being in front of the vehicle had nothing to do with it. Him getting out of the car was the best possible scenario for him in this case.

Heezels
Heezels

Burgers Allday

I don't know if you're a troll or not. But I hope that you're genuinely concerned about this particular subject. Otherwise, you're person trying to have fun at the expense of a dead officer. There might be places where that kind of attitude is appropriate. You might not find that here, and people will have every right to be angry.

But I'd say, be cautious about being flippant with this case. As much as we'd all like to have a go at the "snowflakes" and the "sensitive liberals" there has to be a general understanding that these are real people. I've slowly come around to my distaste for people on this website saying that specific people should be shot, and it's good that this horrible thing happened. It's just as insensitive.

However, I'm writing this to ensure that there is a mutual understanding here. Playing devil's advocate is a good thing. But Make sure that it stays at the level of respect for the officer who lost her life actively trying to stop someone from causing more harm to the community. That is something that shouldn't be taken away from her.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I genuinely do care a lot about police officers staying safe. I think maybe the reason that I get called a "troll" and have my sincerity questioned is that I think that bad behavior, bad tactics and bad law cause things to be much more dangerous for police in the United States than they need to be. Of course, increased danger to the police isn't the only problem with bad police behavior / tactics and weak gun control law, but it is one problem with this stuff, and it is a problem that is very relevant at this particular discussion site. I don't think I have been flippant here. I think that I have consistently been straightforward and honest, and that people accuse me of bad things because they do not like my message.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

As far as speculation about the exact patterns of motion of the Jeep, the driver of the Jeep and the late police officer: roll tape -- the sooner the better.

Heezels
Heezels

Burgers Allday

As long as you keep yourself respectful. There are instances where I've read some of your comments, and the message seems to be directed toward trying to goad people into a reaction rather than explain your point. Like for instance this "As far as speculation about the exact patterns of motion of the Jeep, the driver of the Jeep and the late police officer: roll tape -- the sooner the better."

I don't know, you seem to be eager to want to watch the tape. Now you could simply be eager to see what happened. But there's an odd levity to how you talk about it. perhaps I'm tone policing here. But it just feels strange. As if you don't really acknowledge the life of the officer to begin with.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

She is getting more than enough hero worship from others. I don't think she was a bad person, but she is engaging in the type of behavior that should not be emulated. Harsh, but important and needs to be said.

Buzzsaw79
Buzzsaw79

How the hell is it the officers fault? That pos should never have been released from detention, but no a worthless prosecutor who only cares about criminals is allowed to put the public in danger should now be held responsible for the death of this officer.

Heezels
Heezels

Burgers Allday, there’s a way of discussing an issue with some level of dignity. With something that happened only a few days ago, it does effect people.

Maybe even trivializing it as “hero worship” makes you feel better. I don’t know. But if people don’t like your message, there’s a good possibility it’s the way you’re saying it.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Roll tape and I will say something more definitive

SKielcheski
SKielcheski

Mosby needs to go, she is the problem!!! What in the world does she think she is doing by release a known felon???

LEO0301
LEO0301

@burger Allday please don't try to paint yourself as a supporter of law enforcement. We can all see your true agenda. It's hard to find your message anything more than a way of stirring the pot looking for a reaction. When the victim , in this case the officer, is blamed for the actions of another you clearly show your true colors. You're a troll looking for attention. Well, I hope your happy that I gave you some.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The reaction I am looking for is police awareness about the danger of getting into the path of Jeeps. Because Blue Lives Matter.

b1rd
b1rd

“The reaction I am looking for is police awareness about the danger of getting into the path of Jeeps. Because Blue Lives Matter.” . That's just too funny. What part about “drove [the vehicle] at the officer,” didn't you understand? The real question is why was he scared? Maybe throwing rocks at peoples houses? Maybe robbing homes? Maybe steeling ANOTHER car? Being scared of being removed from house arrest? It's really hard to believe people can be so stupid but, here you are again.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@b1rd: we will have a better idea of whether and why he was scared when we roll tape. For example, we will see whether she was out of the Jeep's path at the time it started to move forward, and put herself in its path as the Jeep accelerated. Maybe that is what happened, and maybe it isn't what happened, but we need to see the tape so that we can draw the correct tactical lessons and also decide on exactly what the driver is guilty / not guilty of.

b1rd
b1rd

What an asshat. BLA BLA BLA. Feel like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher. We always want to see the video to see if we can excuse stupid behavior then when we see the video it is as stated. I LOVE BODY CAMS !!!

b1rd
b1rd

Can we recount how many body cam videos have just vindicated police in the past few days due to lying asshats?

b1rd
b1rd

Need help counting?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Have you checked out the Sterling Brown video yet, b1rd? They reported the arrest on this site back in January, but they just released the video, like, yesterday and it seems that Holly hasn't had time to do a follow up post yet. It is too bad because there is a good lesson there in not jumping to conclusions and waiting for the video to come out.

Manlove
Manlove

Mosby's days are Numbered One way or another

Mortician72
Mortician72

Mosby is an uppity women who needs to spend time in jail for all the wrong doing she has done to the legal system. Look what she did to those Baltimore police officers over the Freddy GRAY case. She is to blame for the riots that followed. Now if this was a white kid killing a black officer, the riotting would have started already.

informative6361
informative6361

They need to run an ancestry DNA on that Marilyn Mosby woman! She wants so badly to be black she reminds me of Rachel Dolezal the white lady who wears a perm and pretends she is black and just got nabbed for food stamp fraud. Same mental illness same results. Terrible.

Jokerpoker69
Jokerpoker69

Mosby is only part of the problem. The real issue is JDAI run by the Ann Casey Foundation. Based right in Baltimore believe it or not. They oppose any juveniles being detained and the provide money to jurisdictions that follow their plan. It's nationwide,dangerous and out of control . Contact your union reps to put pressure on politicians to get rid of this. This officer was killed because of Ann Casey's policies.

Jokerpoker69
Jokerpoker69

Ann Casey link. Everyone in the criminal justice system needs to be aware. More officers will be killed if this isn't exposed to the public. Very dangerous.

PoPoPaPa
PoPoPaPa

Another bleeding heart scumbag liberal becomes a hero to the rest of the bleeding heart scumbag liberals. mosby should be held accountable for major part in Officer Ciprio's death because is definitely guilty, just as if she were driving the car. The other teenage creeps with harris were just as guilty.