Suspect shoots Baltimore man while trying to steal a puppy

September 08, 2014|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

The shooting of a 36-year-old man in Brooklyn last week occurred during an attempted robbery of a puppy, according to police, who have charged a suspect.

The shooting occurred Sept. 3 at noon in the 800 block of E. Patapsco Ave. Police said at the time that the victim was walking when someone tried to rob him. 

Now police say that the gunman had tried to steal the victim's puppy. "The victim did not relinquish the puppy, and the robber shot the victim in the face," Maj. Ian Dombroski told residents in an email sent out by the Southern District Police Community Relations Council. 

Police spokesman Det. Ruganzu Howard confirmed that police arrested and charged a suspect, 22-year-old Frederick Catchings, in connection with the shooting. He is being held without bond, court records show.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, and the puppy was not harmed, police said.

Catchings, of the 2600 block of Quantico Ave., was charged with armed robbery in March, but the charges were placed on the "inactive" docket in July by city prosecutors.

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