On-duty Baltimore detective wearing police identification brazenly carjacked by three armed suspects

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BALTIMORE, MD — An on-duty Baltimore Police Department detective, who was wearing police identification around his neck and a shirt embroidered with a badge, was carjacked by three armed suspects earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Detective Aaron Cain was at a business in the area of Hanover Street around 6:15 p.m.

WMAR 2 News reported the detective was outside a 7-Eleven and preparing to get back into his vehicle when he was approached by three suspects who were armed.

The suspects were not initially identified.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told the news station:

“At some point, our detective pulled out his weapon and discharged his weapon, but it is unknown if any of the individuals were struck by gunfire or [there are] any injuries at this point.”

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Because the detective discharged his weapon, the department’s Special Investigations Response Team will investigate, Harrison said.

Harrison said the suspects took the officer’s unmarked car, crashed it and then fled the scene on foot. The crash occurred in the area of Nick’s Fish House in Port Covington.

Harrison confirmed police apprehended two of the suspects, who were not injured, but are still looking for the third one.

Detective Cain was not injured. While he was not in uniform, he wore a polo shirt that was embroidered with a badge and had identification around his neck, making the carjacking a brazen one.

Harrison added:

“It is unknown if he was in the car outside of the car. What we know is that these three armed individuals were able to carjack the detective out of the vehicle and take the vehicle rather. We don’t know if the detective was inside or outside the vehicle at this time.”

Police also said they found a gun at the scene that had misfired, and they are investigating to determine if it belongs to one of the suspects, according to WBALTV.

Mayor Brandon Scott told WBALTV that enough is enough:

“When we continuously see these kind of acts happening and happening over and over again, we need to have a check in the community.

“We know — you know — if a young man is coming home, a young woman coming home with key fobs and they’re not old enough to drive, or don’t have a license, or don’t have a car, you have to check them.”

Mayor Scott told FOX Baltimore that the fact this happened to a police officer shows that the community needs to be more involved in preventing and deterring crime:

“We need to have a community check on what is happening in our streets. Everyone has to hold each other accountable.”

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 said the Baltimore Police were “nothing short of heroic” on Tuesday. In a statement, the union noted:

“Our detective was carjacked and he fired upon his assailants. The criminals flipped the car and two out of three suspects were arrested due to the great work of all responding BPD units.”

According to WBALTV, police did not have a description of the third suspect and also did not know whether he was armed or not.

CBS Baltimore reported that the suspects appeared young, according to authorities.

In an updated report, WMAR 2 News said that one of the suspects was believed to be 23-year-old Trevon Gardner, who was also seen on surveillance video pulling what appeared to be a gun from his waistband.

WMAR 2 reported that Gardner allegedly knocked Detective Cain to the ground, punched and kicked him and then rummaged through his pockets before leaving with the other two suspects in the unmarked police car:

“The three men are then seen on camera getting in Cain’s police car and speeding off.

“As the suspects were fleeing, Cain got up and fired at least one gunshot in their direction.

“The men ended up crashing and flipping Cain’s City vehicle, about half-a-mile from the carjacking scene.

“All three tried running away, but two of them including Gardner and a 16-year-old boy, were caught after a brief search.

“Police say Gardner was captured on camera running to the side of nearby Nick’s Fish House, where he changed his clothes to try and disguise himself.

“Court papers say Gardner actually took an apron belonging to the restaurant and put it on to throw detectives off.

“Yet at the time of his arrest, Gardner happened to only be wearing one flipflop. The other matching one was discovered inside Cain’s wrecked police car.

“Next to that car was also a loaded handgun, which investigators believe is the same one Gardner was seen holding on camera while robbing Cain.

“That gun appeared to have jammed or malfunctioned which prevented it from being fired at the time of the incident. 

“Police are still in search of the third suspect.

“Gardner is being held without bail on a slew of charges and is next due in court on June 9.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the third suspect is asked to call investigators at 410-396-2499 or contact the Metro Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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