Suspect In Patapsco State Park Incident Turns Himself In

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 20-year-old suspect in the Tuesday incident at Patapsco State Park in which a driver rammed a Natural Resources Police officer with a vehicle has turned himself in.

Harrison Lee Bartels, of Catonsville, has been charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment in the case.

Police say he walked into the Towson police precinct with his mother.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the officer was on his nightly rounds securing the park when he came across the SUV in a pull-off area, Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says.

When the officer approached, the driver reversed and hit the officer’s truck. Thomson says the officer fired two shots, but the SUV took off.

Police and SWAT team members spent hours Wednesday searching the suspect’s apartment on Frederick Road and towed his silver SUV.

It was the homeowner who called police after spotting an SUV with damage that matched the description of the suspect’s.

Police told neighbors that Bartels was not inside the home.

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