Suspect in assault on officer is charged in home invasion

March 19, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A man being held on charges of assaulting a Baltimore police officer and stealing her service weapon during the weekend faces charges of breaking into a woman's home this month and tying her up in front of her children.

Givette Hogan called police after seeing a man she believed to be the suspect being arrested on the evening news Saturday.

Yesterday, police charged Donald Cradup, 35, who was being held in jail without bail, with armed robbery and first-degree assault.

Cradup, of the 2200 block of N. Calvert St., is charged in a three-week spree that includes an attack on a 78-year-old woman who was beaten and robbed of her car keys in front of her Charles Village rowhouse, police said.

Hogan, 34, told police that three men, one posing as a city housing employee wearing an orange khaki uniform, forced their way into her home in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave. on March 4. They reportedly told her they were investigating a report of rats ,, and trash in her back yard.

Police said the phony employee threatened her with a handgun when she opened the door, and he and two other men barged in, tied her up and herded the family into a room. It included Hogan and her three children, ages 5 months and 7 and 11 years. Police said money and other valuables were taken. None of the occupants was injured. Police said they are seeking two other suspects.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said Hogan called police Saturday night after seeing Cradup in handcuffs on a television newscast.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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