Police seek suspect in Fells Point robberies

Baltimore detectives are searching for a man they suspect in multiple holdups in Fells Point over the past month

August 24, 2012|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore detectives are searching for a man they suspect in multiple robberies in Fells Point over the past month, and are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

The robberies began July 20, with the latest occurring around midnight Thursday on Lancaster Street, police said. Most have happened between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., police said.

The crimes were the latest robberies to occur in high-traffic areas, including the Inner Harbor, downtown and Federal Hill.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi described the Fells Point robberies as "typically all the same."

"The victims are typically male," he said. The suspect "pulls out a gun and takes cash and personal items."

The robber is described as a biracial or white male in his 20s or early 30s. He is between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, has a mustache and "chin-strap" beard, and tattoos on the right side of his neck and words on both forearms.

Detectives released a composite sketch of the suspect Friday. "We have a pretty good description," Guglielmi said. "Between that and our camera network, we hope we'll identify him soon."

Police said the previous Fells Point robberies took place at the following block locations: 1600 Aliceanna St.; 1500 Thames St.; 800 S. Linwood Ave.; 2100 Gough St.; 500 S. Wolfe St.; 600 S. Washington St; 1600 Lancaster St.

They have increased patrols in Fells Point and sent plainclothes officers to the area, Guglielmi added.

Detectives also released sketches of two suspects in a robbery that occurred Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. in the first block of Gay Street.

In that case, the female victim was with another woman and a man, Guglielmi said. Two men approached them at gunpoint and announced a robbery, getting away with an iPhone, car keys, cash, a purse and wallet.

Police described one suspect as a black man, 5 foot 6, about 25 years old with a stocky build, broad shoulders, short bushy hair style and dark complexion.

The other suspect was described as a black male between 5 foot 10 and 5 foot 11, in his early 20s, with a slim build, short wavy hair, thick sideburns, brown complexion and tattoos on both arms.

The suspects fled north on Gay Street in a silver four-door Toyota Avalon, police said.

On Wednesday, the Rita's Italian ice store at the Inner Harbor was held up, police said. About 11 p.m., employees who were closing the store were approached by man who displayed a handgun and announced a robbery, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

And in Federal Hill, the community association recently warned members of several robberies reported over the past month.

They included a July 23 robbery at gunpoint and an Aug. 15 robbery reported in the 800 block of Battery Ave., according to the association.

On Aug. 4, an attempted robbery at gunpoint was reported in the 700 block of William St., and on Aug. 11, a robbery at gunpoint in the 1000 block of the same street was reported

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.



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