MURDER USA: Sean Crizer identified by police as burglar-killer of 16-year-old Charlotte Zaremba New Year’s; now dead of suicide after shooting mother & killing daughter
Howard County police have been notified that the suspect in the New Year’s Day killing of an Ellicott City teen has died at Shock Trauma as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sean Crizer, 15, of Alice Avenue in Ellicott City, was the suspect in the murder of Charlotte Zaremba, 16, and the shooting of her mother Suzanne, inside their Ellicott City home Jan. 1 at around 2 a.m.
Police have learned that Charlotte Zaremba’s parents left their house in the 4800 block of Knoll Glen Road on New Year’s Eve to pick up Charlotte from a party. They returned home and a short time later, Suzanne Zaremba heard a scuffle in her daughter’s bedroom. She entered the room and found Charlotte struggling with a masked suspect. The suspect, now known to be Crizer, fired a shot at Suzanne Zaremba and another at her daughter Charlotte, before turning the gun on himself. Both the mask and the gun were recovered at the scene.
Charlotte Zaremba, 16, was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital. Suzanne Zaremba, 52, was taken to Shock Trauma, where she was treated and released. Crizer was transported to Shock Trauma in critical condition, where he remained until his passing.
At this stage of the investigation, police have not found a link between the suspect and the victim. They are known to have lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same school, but police have not found any indication of a relationship between the two.
Detectives believe Crizer is responsible for burglarizing at least two homes in the same neighborhood, one on Alice Avenue and the other on Marybeth Way, in the weeks leading up to the shooting. The gun Crizer used had been reported stolen from the residence on Marybeth Way.
Police do not know the motive in the homicide and do not know if Crizer was targeting Charlotte Zaremba or her home.
Detectives are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.
ELLICOTT CITY, MD. Howard County Police confirm identity of juvenile suspect in homicide and attempted suicide in Ellicott City home
Howard County police have confirmed the identity of a juvenile suspect believed to be involved in the homicide of 16-year-old Charlotte Zaremba, and the injury of her mother Suzanne, 52, early on the morning of New Year’s Day.
The suspect is a 15-year-old male from Ellicott City, who remains in critical condition at Shock Trauma with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say that since he is still alive, his name cannot be released at this time. It is unclear if he had any connection to the victims. There is no indication that anyone else was involved in the incident.
Police were called to the 4800 block of Knoll Glen Road around 2 a.m. for shots fired inside a home. Officers arrived and found Charlotte Zaremba suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Howard County General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Charlotte’s mother, Suzanne Zaremba, was found suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to Shock Trauma. She was treated and released.
Police located the suspect inside Charlotte Zaremba’s bedroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Police say that it is believed that around 2 a.m., Jan. 1, 2017, Suzanne Zaremba heard a scuffle in her daughter’s bedroom. She entered and saw the suspect, who fired a shot at her, then at Charlotte, and then himself.
Police say that it is believed that around 2 a.m., Jan. 1, 2017, Suzanne Zaremba heard a scuffle in her daughter’s bedroom. She entered and saw the suspect, who fired a shot at her, then at Charlotte, and then himself. A motive is unknown at this time.
Police are continuing to investigate and will update as new information becomes available. Anyone with information should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.