Man wanted in house robberies surrenders to Balto. County police

January 11, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man wanted in a string of home-invasion robberies that targeted the elderly in Northwest Baltimore and Baltimore County surrendered to police yesterday.

Durante Ricco Ervin, 41, walked into Baltimore County's Garrison Precinct shortly after midnight, police said.

County police charged Ervin in 11 incidents, most of which have occurred since Nov. 25.

Ervin has been charged by the county with one count of armed robbery, four counts of robbery, three counts of first-degree burglary, one count of attempted robbery and two counts of petty theft. He is being held at the Garrison Precinct in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Baltimore police have charged Ervin in the robberies of three elderly homeowners since Jan. 1.

The last robbery Ervin is accused of committing occurred Wednesday in the 300 block of Upland Road in Pikesville, county police said. Police allege that on several occasions, Ervin forced his way into seniors' homes.

While being led to a bail hearing yesterday, Ervin said he is not guilty of the crimes. Asked why he surrendered to police, Ervin replied: "Because I am not guilty."

In charging documents, police said Ervin admitted to the crimes, saying that he committed them to feed a heroin addiction.

He also offered to take police on a tour of the homes he victimized, police said.

Ervin told police he was ashamed of himself because he had been taking money from the elderly, the documents said.

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