James Green, a 71-year-old Northwest Baltimore man, turned the tables on a much younger stick-up man who thought he had come across an easy mark.
As the masked gunman brandished what appeared to be a 9mm pistol, Mr. Green began blasting away with his own weapon, a small .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. When the smoke cleared, Mr. Green was unscathed and the robber had wounds in the back and buttocks.
The incident occurred just after midnight yesterday as Mr. Green returned to his residence in the Oakfield House apartments in the 3900 block of Liberty Heights Ave.
Darnell Holmes, 24, of the 3900 block of Norfolk Ave., was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was reported in good condition.
Police said he faces a charge of attempted armed robbery when he is released from the hospital. The city state's attorney's office declined to press charges against Mr. Green.
Yesterday, as word of Mr. Green's confrontation spread, he drew support from another resident of the apartment building. "What would you do?" asked Carroll E. Coates, 51, who has lived in the apartment building since 1972. "The man was trying to protect himself."