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Roland Park Shooting Linked to Robbery Spree

Maj. Kimberly Burrus believes Wednesday's shooting is linked to a spate of recent robberies in North Baltimore.

Sharon Guida, of Charles Village, speaks with Maj. Kimberly Burrus, commander of the Northern District, during a National Night Out event.
Sharon Guida, of Charles Village, speaks with Maj. Kimberly Burrus, commander of the Northern District, during a National Night Out event.

The shooting of a 36-year-old man in Roland Park happened during a robbery, and police believe it’s part of a larger crime spree in North Baltimore.

According to Baltimore police, at 1:42 a.m. Wednesday, in the 4000 block of Roland Avenue the man was shot twice in the upper torso after two to three juveniles attempted to rob him.

"We also experienced two additional robberies after the shooting which suggest to me that these guys lack remorse, so someone else could get hurt until capture," Northern District commander Maj. Kimberly Burrus wrote in an email to community members.

Burrus, in her message to residents, said she believes the latest incident is connected to a spate of robberies where between two and four juveniles have used different stolen cars to target people walking or jogging in the early morning hours in North Baltimore.

A handful of similar robberies have been reported by police in the last few weeks. 

Robbers using a car to find targets and getaway robbed two men in Charles Village. According to Baltimore police, on Aug. 6, at 2 a.m., the robbers approached the men after getting out of a vehicle in the 2900 block of St. Paul Street, and pulled out a black handgun.

On Aug. 2, at 7:30 a.m., in the 3400 block of Beech Avenue, the robbers approached a man after getting out of a car and took his iPhone.

That same day, about a half hour before, a woman was jogging in the 5500 block of North Charles Street when robbers got out of a car, stole her pepper spray, pointed it at her, and took her iPhone. 

At about 6:15 a.m. that day, a woman was attacked in the 4800 block of Roland Avenue, and had her cellphone stolen. She told police that she believed one of the robbers, who got out of a car, was holding what she thought was a Taser.    

Wastedyrs August 15, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Own a gun, set a trap, blow one or more of them away.
Smiley August 15, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Sadly i'll have to agree with Wastedyrs. Though i'd extend it to throwing their parents in jail as well.
Baltimore Matt August 15, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Wastedyrs, you know if you do that, folks will be making you out to be another George Zimmerman. The TV stations will show pictures of the young criminals as innocent children, their family will be on TV saying that he didn't have to die, local radio talk shows will be damning you, and you will go bankrupt fighting the charges. Even if you win criminally, the family of the dead robber and the lawyers will probably take you for whatever is left in civil court. My suggestion, is to start carrying pepper spray and do not carry cash.
Wastedyrs August 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM
You're right, Matt. I know the guy that got shot. Good guy....just walking his girlfriend to the car. I live way to close to him to stay around this any longer. So I'll just move like so many others do.
charles August 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM
I used to feel safe in Hampden/Roland Park. As one of the few city neighborhoods that actually contributes to the city coffers rather than taking I find this disturbing and frankly unacceptable. The way I see it we have two choices- arm ourselves and fight back or simply leave, let the animals have the neighborhood and take our property tax money with us to the suburbs. If criminals are going to target this area because they think we are easy targets then lets start some target practice of our own... Or lets leave the entire city to the animals and lets be frank, anyone willing to shoot and possibly kill someone for a cell phone that they can sell for $50 is an animal. Then the city can figure out how to raise revenue when anyone with the means to leave decides to do just that.
Baltimore Matt August 15, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I know this may sound crazy, but maybe since North Baltimore is in a position to 1) generates tax revenue 2) has a middle class, maybe it's time to gather the community groups and either annex into Baltimore County or create a separate borough (with it's own governing body, tax rates, schools, police force, etc.) within Baltimore City. Face it, our neighborhoods are not being served by this city and the resources our taxes are paying for are being diverted to areas that are not able generating tax revenue. Given how much we pay in taxes, we should have a police force that is able to deal with a couple punks in a car, schools that are able to teach our kids not to be punks who drive around robbing people, and infrastructure that resembles how much we are actually paying in taxes.
Wastedyrs August 15, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I agree with both of you of you guys but unfortunately enough people aren't likely to come together to make any of that possible. And if you do decide to do something to battle this problem and start something like a neighborhood watch the odds of ending up like George Zimmerman are just too high.
James Baker August 15, 2013 at 03:40 PM
OK everyone, I know we are all a little unnerved, but this is what needs to happen. We all need to be more vigialant. Look after each other and keep our eyes open. Watch out for your neighbors. As for all the wannabe Rambos, if you are genuinely threatened by someone, you have the right to defend yourself - that part is clear. but if you go LOOKING for trouble, you're probably just going to hurt someone that has nothing to do with this.
Wastedyrs August 15, 2013 at 04:44 PM
James - I get what you're saying but people act as if we don't have a right to complain. If I see some young black males like these attackers were and I watch them more closely then I'm either a racist or I'm profiling. If I try to do something to stop them then I'm risking being the next George Zimmerman. The only safe choices are to suck it up or move. The media is even afraid to report this stuff and when they do they won't even describe the attackers any more. All in the name of "political correctness".

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