2 robbery suspects charged in assault

December 02, 1991|By Peter Hermann

Two men arrested yesterday morning in connection with the armed robbery of a police dispatcher were wanted for allegedly stabbing an East Baltimore man during a robbery attempt Thanksgiving day.

Both suspects have been charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with the Thanksgiving attack on Roosevelt Privette, 39, of the 1000 block of Abbott Court, who was stabbed in the head, chest and side.

Police said Mr. Privette was attacked while sitting on a bench in the 1600 block of East Eager Street. He was released from Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday.

Police said they did not learn of the suspects' alleged link to the stabbing until after arresting one of the men for the armed robbery attempt.

Southeastern District Officer Scott Fullwood said the department dispatcher, Louise Loats, 33, who works out of police headquarters answering 911 calls, was held up by two men while buying a cup of coffee at a McDonald's in the 1200 block of East Fayette Street at 7 a.m.

Ms. Loats said she tried to fend off her attackers by throwing hot coffee on one of them, but they managed to get her purse anyway. Police arrested one suspect a short time later near Broadway and East Monument Street.

Officer Fullwood said the man told police about the stabbing, denied wielding the knife and offered the name of his alleged accomplice, who was arrested a few hours later.

Charles Edward Brown, 31, of the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue, and William Bradford, 43, of an unknown address, were charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to murder, police said.

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