Police launch text line for tips in Lor Scoota murder | WYPR

Police launch text line for tips in Lor Scoota murder

Jun 27, 2016

  Baltimore Police launched Monday two new digital methods for witnesses to send tips for their investigation into the murder of popular local rapper Tyriece Watson, also known as “Lor Scoota.”

Detectives are asking the public to text their tips, pictures, videos, Facebook Live and Periscope links to 443-902-4824. 

The public can also email files to homicidetips@baltimorepolice.org. People who report tips can remain anonymous.

“We’ll take it in Google Drive, we’ll take it in Dropbox; however you have it,” said police spokesman T.J. Smith.

New digital ways to send tips, pictures and videos to Baltimore Police
Credit P. Kenneth Burns

He said the department is trying to make it as easy as possible for people to send tips to detectives that lead to a suspect in Watson’s death.

Watson was shot Saturday while driving near Morgan State University after leaving a peace rally at the school. Police say it appears he was targeted.

“We’re just trying to take our message to the community that has the information and the method that they are using to communicate some of that information,” Smith said.

Smith said Watson’s murder has “taken off” on social media, generating more tips “than we have received before.”

He added that the new phone line and email address can also be used to provide tips for other cases.

“We have open homicide cases that we’re going ask for as much attention and as much help as possible,” Smith said.

The public can also continue to report tips anonymously to Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.