Halethorpe man pleads guilty in two home invasions

November 11, 2009

A Halethorpe man pleaded guilty Tuesday in two home invasion-style robberies, including one that police said caused the homeowner to have a heart attack soon after. Kirk William Smith, 33, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Anne Arundel County prosecutors Anne Colt Leitess and Brian Marsh said they plan to ask a judge for consecutive prison terms that could total 26 years. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced in January. The first robbery, in the 300 block of Panorama Way in Brooklyn Park, took place Oct. 30, 2008. The victim also was sexually assaulted after a man put a gun to her head and forced her into her home, according to police. Smith, an acquaintance of a family member of hers, was suspected of being an accomplice. Detectives found her jewelry in his home. Leitess said the victim had a heart attack stemming from the crime. The second robbery took place nearby five months later. The homeowner thought he was opening the door for two salesmen March 23, but two armed men forced their way in, according to police. They took cash and a watch before tying the victim's feet and leaving. A second man, Eric Noble, 42, of Baltimore has yet to be tried in the robberies. He was shot and wounded during what police suspect was another home invasion, charging documents allege.

- Andrea F. Siegel

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