Police have made an arrest in the Jan. 14 brick attack and robbery on the 3400 block of Foster Ave. in Canton, which left Baltimore Sun employee Jonathan Fogg with, according to his own blog, “six skull fractures, eight to 10 missing and damaged teeth and four broken fingers.”
Last week, Mustafa Mohammed Ali Eraibi, 19, was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder in the attack, as well as attempted second degree murder and various assault, weapons and theft charges. Attempted first degree murder could carry a life sentence.
Police reports state that the victim was walking from his car, parked on the 3400 block of Foster Ave., to his home when he noticed someone across the street on a BMX bicycle. As the victim, later revealed to be Fogg through other sources, walked to his home, the suspect approached and asked for a cigarette. When the victim replied that he didn’t smoke, the suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, reportedly implied that he had a gun, and the victim threw him his wallet.
Nevertheless, the suspect allegedly threw the victim to the ground, took more of his property including his car keys, and then hit him in the head with a landscaping brick. The suspect then drove off in Fogg’s 2009 Toyota Prius.
In charging documents, Detective Hinkley wrote that two days after the attack, she was advised that a credit card stolen in the incident was used at a 7-Eleven on W. Baltimore St. She later learned that the card had also been used at two other 7-Elevens, about one hour after the attack. Surveillance footage showed a light-skinned male in a Cincinnati Reds cap, and a photo was circulated to media outlets.
According to the charging documents, less than a week later, Patrol Officer A. Jones forwarded the name “Mustafa Eraibi” to Detective Hinkley. Jones had seen Eraibi in Highlandtown, near the Markets at Highlandtown grocery store and taken his information.
Using police databases, Hinkley pulled a recent arrest photo of Eraibi and believed him to be the same person in the 7-Eleven surveillance footage. She then, according to charging documents, responded to the Markets at Highlandtown, and viewed photos of Eraibi taken there on Jan. 22, when he allegedly attempted to steal food. With those photos, in which he was wearing the same Cincinnati Reds cap as in the 7-Eleven footage, Hinkley then positively identified the suspect, according to the police documents.
In his blog, jonathanfogg.webs.com, Fogg calls the quick arrest “outstanding work” and says he is very thankful, but does not wish to discuss it further.
“I’d rather look ahead than behind, and certainly in the coming days I’ll have to rehash the events of last week more than enough times,” he writes.
Soon after the attack, a fundraiser was launched on gofundme.com to help Fogg recover. The page, gofundme.com/6ba5gk, had raised $29,567 from 776 donors as of the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 28. Another fundraiser, “Count on Canton,” has been launched with help from StayClassyCanton.com and local restaurants and businesses. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, participating establishments will donate a portion of proceeds toward Fogg’s recovery. Participants include: The Chasseur, Verde, Blue Hill Tavern, Tavern on the Square, Smaltimore, Shiso Tavern, Saute, Pierpoint, Looney’s Mama’s on the Half Shell, Nacho Mama’s, Annabel Lee Tavern, 2910 on the Square, Canton Ace Hardware and DAP Products. Visit StayClassyCanton.com for more details.
by Erik Zygmont