ARSON: Western District -- Police and fire officials reported that someone entered the Harlem Park Middle School in the 1500 block of Harlem Ave. yesterday evening and set several fires throughout the building, causing at least $1,500 in damage. Police said the fires were discovered around 5 p.m. and were quickly extinguished by firefighters. School officials who arrived at the building while firefighters were using fans to clear out the smoke said the school would be open for classes today. Police said they had no suspects in connection with the break-in and arson and it was not known if any school property was stolen.
ROBBERY: Eastern District -- Michael Hill, of the 1000 block of Bonaparte St., reported that he was in the 1200 block of Darley Ave. when he was stopped by a man armed with a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun who demanded his property. Police said Hill gave the gunman a piece of costume jewelry valued at less than $5.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Police reported that a driver for a United Parcel Service truck was in the 4600 block of Parkside Drive early yesterday evening when he was accosted by a gunman who demanded his money. Police said the driver gave $15 to the gunman, who fled on foot.
ROBBERY: Eastern District -- Police reported that Jack Harrison, of the 400 block of E. North Ave., was walking near his home Monday when he was accosted by a man armed with an unknown-caliber handgun who demanded his money and property. Police said the gunman robbed Harrison of cash and property, all worth about $400, and then struck him over the head with the gun before fleeing.
SHOOTING: Western District -- Police reported that Edward Webb, of the 200 block of N. Fulton Ave., was listed in good condition today at Bon Secours Hospital after being shot in the buttocks late last night by a man armed with a handgun in the 1700 block of W. Fayette St. Police said they had no motive for the shooting and would question Webb at the hospital while he recovers.
ROBBERY: Eastern District -- Ronald Hardy, of the 1600 block of Darley Ave., reported that he was robbed of $50 around 9:30 p.m. yesterday by a man armed with what appeared to be a .38-caliber pistol as he walked in the 1600 block of N. Castle St.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police today were seeking three men, one armed with a revolver and the other a sawed-off shotgun, who robbed Benjamin Higgs, of the 4600 block of Manordene Road, of more than $100 after shooting at him several times while chasing him into a woods near his home Monday night. Police said Higgs' brother, Kevin, also of the 4600 block of Manordene Road, and Andre Brown, of the first block N. Morley St., were threatened by the gunmen but not robbed.
ASSAULT/ARREST: Northeastern District -- Police arrested a resident of the 3500 block of Elmora Ave. and were holding him at the Eastern District lockup pending charges that he struck Aaron Smith, of the 3000 block of E. Federal St., with a baseball bat during an argument yesterday evening in the 3300 block of Sinclair Lane. Police said Smith was slightly injured and refused medical treatment.
BURGLARY: Eastern District -- A resident of the 2100 block of E. Federal St. reported that someone broke into her home yesterday through a basement window and removed a TV set, jewelry and several pieces of stereo equipment. Police said the property was valued at nearly $2,600.
BURGLARY: Eastern District -- Police reported that someone forced their way into a dwelling in the 1900 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. between Sunday and yesterday and removed living room furniture valued at $500. Police said entry was gained by removing a door from its hinges.
ASSAULT/ARREST: Northeastern District -- William Eggleston reported that while he was working in a liquor store in the 2700 block of The Alameda a 17-year-old male he knows entered and began arguing with him. Eggleston told police the youth left, saying he would be back. Moments later, the youth returned armed with a sawed-off shotgun, Eggleston said, and pointed it at Eggleston. Later, police arrested the youth and charged him as a juvenile with assault by threat and illegal possession of a firearm.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Robert Helm, of Pasadena, reported that he was staying at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel near Harborplace when he decided to walk in his old neighborhood around Erdman Avenue and Belair Road to try and locate friends with whom he grew up. Helm told police he was in the 2700 block of St. Lo Drive around 2 a.m. yesterday when he was stopped by two men and a woman in a car who asked him for directions. The car left, but returned a few minutes later. The two men left the car, knocked Helm to the ground and robbed him of his briefcase, cash and a compact disc. Police said the property was valued at more than $100.