BURGLARY TRY: Northeastern District -- Police credited a dog with preventing a burglary at a house in the 4700 block of Simms Ave. yesterday. Police said someone attempted to break into the dwelling by forcing open the front door but was scared off when the occupant's dog began barking.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported that Laurell Francis, of the first block of Aintree Road in Baltimore County, was walking in the 6300 block of York Road yesterday afternoon when she was robbed of her purse by two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Police said that after Francis was robbed, the gunman and his accomplice drove off in a late model Buick that had earlier been reported stolen. Police said the car, bearing license plate WSG-736, sped south on York Road toward Northern Parkway.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Shirley McPherson, 29, of the first block W. 25th St., reported she was in the 2500 block of St. Paul St. yesterday when she was assaulted by a man who grabbed her purse. Police said that during a brief struggle the purse strap broke and that the man held onto the purse and fled. Police said the purse contained cash and property valued at $100.
SHOOTING: Southwestern District -- Police reported that during an incident in the 3000 block of W. North Ave. a man armed with a handgun shot Robert Herndon, of the 2100 block of Mount Holly St., in the back. Police said Herndon was taken to a hospital where he was listed today in critical condition. Police said they had no motive for the shooting and no suspect.
CAB HOLDUP: Southwestern District -- A driver for the Diamond Cab Co. in the 1900 block of Ashburton St. reported he was driving in the 4500 block of Windsor Mill Road early yesterday morning when he was ordered to stop by two men he picked up earlier. Police said the driver, whose name was not available, was forced to turn over his money to the men, one of whom was armed with a handgun and the other a rifle. Police said the pair fled with more than $100.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police reported that two men entered Murry's Steaks at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in the 4400 block of Edmondson Ave. yesterday evening and forced Donna Tucker, an employee, to give them the contents of the cash register while pointing a silver-colored handgun at her. Police said Tucker complied and that the men fled with less than $25.
ASSAULT: Northern District -- Lisa Gills, 26, of the 3100 block of Ellerslie Ave., reported that during an argument at her home yesterday with a relative she was struck in the head with a screwdriver. Police said Gills was taken to Union Memorial Hospital for treatment and released. No arrest has been made in the case, police said.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police were seeking four males in their late teens or early 20s who walked out of the 7-Eleven store in the 700 block of E. 25th St. after stealing more than $16 worth of food from shelves. Police said the four were seen entering a red Chevrolet station wagon that sped off.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- Richard Kirby, of the 100 block of S. Wolfe St., reported he was in the alley behind the 200 block of S. Castle St. yesterday evening when he was accosted by a man who forced him to give up his portable radio. Police said the man escaped and that the radio was valued at nearly $150.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- Ruth Bolling, of the 800 block of S. Eden St., told police she was bending over tying her shoe while in the 3800 block of Foster Ave. yesterday when a man approached her from behind and stole the purse she was carrying over her shoulder. Police said the purse contained $15.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- Police today were seeking three men who robbed the Popeye's restaurant and carryout in the 300 block of N. Broadway. Police said after the men entered the restaurant, one of them placed a small-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the manager's back and ordered him to give him the contents of at least one cash register. During the robbery, one of the men stood by the front door as a lookout while the third assisted the gunman in the robbery. Police said the three men escaped with more than $100.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Rudolph C. Platt, of the 500 block of N. Schroeder St., reported he was walking home from church and was in the 1300 block of N. Fremont Ave. when he was accosted by two men who robbed him of property valued at nearly $150. Police said the men fled with the victim's watch and a ring.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Michael Randall, of the 300 block of N. Stricker St., reported he was robbed of nearly $60 by a man armed with what appeared to be a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun who stopped him as he walked in the 1700 block of W. Lanvale St.