In Saturday's robbery of the couple at Clement and Covington streets, police said they charged Julien Rosaly, 22, and Nicholes Maultsby, 20, both of the 1100 block of Leadenhall St., with handgun and robbery counts. They live in Sharp Leadenhall, between Federal Hill and M&T Bank Stadium, a short bike trip from where the robbery occurred.
Police credited the couple with calling 911 almost immediately after the attack. The couple told police they had noticed the young men on bicycles nearby. As they turned onto East Clement Street, the male victim told police, a man came up behind him, pulled out a gun and put it to his head.
The gunman forced the man to the ground, took his wallet from his right rear pants pocket and a mobile phone from his front pocket. The report says the alleged accomplice then turned to the man's wife, and ordered her to the ground as well.
"Give me your jewelry," police quoted the attacker as saying. "This ain't a joke. I want your jewelry." Police said the man then grabbed the woman's hand "and attempted to remove her wedding rings. When the rings would not come off, the suspect told her to take off the jewelry."
Police said in a report that the man ordered the woman to dump the contents of her purse on the pavement, took her earrings and rings, and her $400 iPhone.
A patrol officer recognized the young men from having seen them riding their bikes through the Riverside neighborhood earlier in his shift, and the female victim picked one of the suspects from a photo array, according to charging documents. Police said they arrested Rosaly within an hour and picked up Maultsby later on Saturday.
"This was a tragic incident, but because the victims involved were good witnesses, took good note of the people robbing them, we were able to locate suspects and make an arrest," said Guglielmi, the police spokesman.
Police said they have not yet located the jewelry or other items that were taken.
Robberies and other crimes (through March 17):
Street robberies: 429 in 2012, 369 in 2011
Hold-ups of businesses: 94 in 2012, 142 in 2011
Carjackings: 17 in 2012, 25 in 2011
Source: Baltimore Police Department
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