Former Rep. Mitchell unharmed in burglary

February 21, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Former Maryland Rep. Parren J. Mitchell was unhurt after a burglary yesterday at his home in West Baltimore.

"I'm fine," Mr. Mitchell said last night. He evidently slept through the early-morning break-in.

"I came down around 5 [a.m.] and found the window had been broken," he said. The intruder had already left, taking "my wallet with a little bit of money in it and a VCR."

His home had been burglarized several times before.

Mr. Mitchell was unable to attend an awards ceremony yesterday in his honor. He was named the first recipient of the Frederick Douglass Award, given by the University of Maryland to those who make have made a contribution to the black community and to human rights in general.

Before his election to Congress in 1970, he was executive secretary of the Maryland Human Relations Commission.

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