Wedding photographer robbed and beaten during event

Baltimore police are seeking the public's help to locate suspects

September 24, 2014|By Justin George | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police are looking for witnesses in the beating of a wedding photographer near downtown.

Eric Suydam remains at Maryland Shock Trauma after being robbed Saturday, said family friend Jim Sheckells. Suydam, 22, was working as a wedding photographer nearby, Sheckells said, when he went to his car to grab something and was beaten and robbed

Police found him unconscious on the sidewalk in the area of Plowman and South Front streets at about 10 p.m. without any identification and labeled him a "John Doe." A police report said he was bleeding from his mouth, nose and back of the head.

A witness told officers that they saw Suydam walking on Front Street when three men approached and assaulted Suydam before fleeing on foot. Police have no suspects.

Sheckells said Suydam suffered a severe blow to the head and had to have a shunt inserted to relieve pressure on his brain. Sheckells described Suydam's condition as stable but said he cannot communicate much.

"He's like a third son to me," said Sheckells, whose son is Suydam's best friend. "He's fighting for his life right now."

Suydam graduated from Centennial High School in Howard County in 2010 and is an Eagle Scout. He hopes to work for the Howard County Police Department and eventually the FBI after college.

Suydam worked part-time as a DJ and event photographer. Sheckells said no one at the wedding noticed him gone until the next morning, when someone overseeing the wedding venue, the 1840s Ballroom, noticed Suydam's equipment was still set up from the night before.

Baltimore police spokesman Det. Ruganzu Howard said detectives are seeking the public's help to identify suspects. He said tips may be phoned in to 410-396-2422.

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