Armed violent criminal Marcus Lennon fled from Maryland State Police TFC Braxton while handcuffed; nabbed later while holed up nearby
PARKVILLE, MD — This is one you won’t see on Cops or Live PD, but anything is possible in the Naked City and from the annals of crime.
Maryland State and Baltimore County police mounted a fugitive hunt and caught Marcus A. Leonard, who, although handcuffed, drove away from a traffic stop in Baltimore County early in the morning of May 10, 2017.
The suspect was identified as Marcus A. Lennon, 27, of Baltimore, Md. Police say he is charged with second-degree assault on a state trooper and additional charges are pending.
At about 12:30 a.m., Trooper First Class Tyreze Braxton from the Golden Ring Barrack stopped a Honda car in the area of Loch Raven Blvd. and Putty Hill Ave. As the trooper approached, he saw a silver handgun tucked in the front of the driver’s pants.
Tfc. Braxton quickly reached into the car and was able to handcuff the driver, while he was still seated in the car. As the trooper was then attempting to get the driver out of the vehicle, he accelerated away and fled the scene.
Police officers in this situation have but a split second to decide if the suspect with the gun in his lap will kill him with it and then flee and use the gun to commit a robbery and kill others, or if there is a less than lethal action the officer can take to apprehend the gunman.
In this case, TFC. Braxton opted to try to take Lennon into custody instead of filling him with lead, a decision that could have ended the life of the trooper. In most every scenario, an armed suspect with a violent criminal past poses a risk to the officer and the public at large.
Maryland State Police say that troopers found the vehicle a short time later abandoned in the area of Putty Hill Avenue and Western Avenue. The car is registered to a female who lives in that area.
An immediate search of the area began that involved both Maryland State Police and Baltimore County Police.
As the trooper approached, he saw a silver handgun tucked in the front of the driver’s pants.
The fugitive task force went to work to close in on this dirtbag and tracked him to a residence of a known associate.
Lennon gave up without an incident, according to Maryland State Police Spokesman Gregory Shipley. Shipley noted that the trooper used less than lethal force in attempting to take a man with a visible gun into custody.
…plea deal in Worcester County in 2008 on a robbery rap and was able to spend eight years in the Maryland prison system soaking up all the taxpayer-provided amenities he could get.
The trooper quickly reached into the car and was able to handcuff the driver, while he was still seated in the car. As the trooper was then attempting to get the driver out of the vehicle, he accelerated away and fled the scene.
There are a couple of Marcus Lennon’s who have been active in the crime business in Maryland over the past ten years; one with a murder rap that was dumped by Baltimore City prosecutors and another Marcus Antonio Lennon, of N. Gilmore Street in Baltimore who got himself a plea deal in Worcester County in 2008 and was able to spend eight years in the Maryland prison system soaking up all the taxpayer-provided amenities he could get. That Marcus Lennon was able to improve his criminal history with eight years of clean living while he was a member of the Mass Incarcerated Population of Maryland Criminals. A study of Maryland Court records indicates that both Dirtbag Marcus Lennon’s are the same Dirtbag.
…got himself a plea deal in Worcester County in 2008 and was able to spend eight years in the Maryland prison system soaking up all the taxpayer-provided amenities he could get.
The Marcus Lennon of N. Gilmore is the wise guy who fought with the trooper on Loch Raven Blvd. and was lucky that the trooper wisely used the least deadly force he could and didn’t blow Lennon away.
Lennon was charged on May 14, 2008 in Baltimore City District Court with four counts of theft associated with stealing a dirt bike and on June 30, 2008, the Baltimore City States Attorney put all four charges on the Stet Docket which meant that Lennon would have to not commit any new crimes for a year or be hit by those charges again.
Lennon was charged with distribution of drugs on Nov. 30, 2007, in Baltimore City District Court. In Circuit Court, Baltimore City States Attorney dropped three counts on March 19, 2008.
Lennon was charged in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Feb. 2, 2012, on seven counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, use of a firearm in a violent crime, possession of a firearm, first-degree assault and discharging a firearm. Case Number: 6B02150679
As happens often in the Maryland Court system, the date of birth is not correct on the case filing of the murder case when it was forwarded to the Baltimore City Circuit Court, as the District Court case record shows the accurate year of birth for Marcus Antonio Lennon but the Circuit Court record shows the same month and day but the year is displayed as 1987 when the District Court record is listed as being 1989. This is an easy typo to make by a clerk, but such errors complicate accurate identification of alleged Dirtbags and criminals. This court record for Circuit Court on the murder charges also reveal that Marcus Antonio Lennon uses an alias of Marcus Burns and Marcus Burn.
On March 30, 2014, Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the charges of murder, use of a firearm in a violent crime and carrying a handgun on his person. Lennon was represented by taxpayer-provided free attorney Robert A. Cohen and the Assistant States Attorney was Gerard Volatile; and his co-defendant was Joseph Butler, according to court records. Arresting officers and witnesses were Officers Julian J. Min, Bernard M. Ramsey, April M. Taylor, and Kristie L. Stone.
Trooper involved in Marcus Lennon’s traffic stop helped out a citizen in distress after robbery
From the Maryland State Police Facebook page:
A Maryland State Police corporal was working a post at the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration office in Parkville last week when a 79-year-old man approached and said he was trying to find the trooper who gave him $20 the week before. The man said he had come to the MVA kiosk on April 25th to obtain an ID card after being the victim of a robbery. His ID, credit cards and cash had been taken. He did not have the $20 needed to purchase a new ID card.
After hearing of the man’s predicament, the trooper on duty at the kiosk that day gave him $20 for the ID card. It was a gift and he expected nothing in return. He simply wanted to help the crime victim in this frustrating situation.
TFC Braxton was contacted and he told the man he did not want to be reimbursed.
Regardless, the grateful man returned to the MVA and wanted to find out who the trooper was so he could repay him. The duty logbook identified the trooper working that day as Trooper First Class Braxton, of the Golden Ring Barrack. TFC Braxton was contacted and he told the man he did not want to be reimbursed. He was simply doing what he could that day to help.
No one would have known about the kindness of TFC Braxton if the man he helped had not returned and attempted to find him. Thank you, TFC Braxton, for upholding the highest standards of the law enforcement profession and the Maryland State Police.
The following is a news segment from Fox45 Baltimore of a 2016 DUI driving enforcement effort featuring TFC Braxton.