Lessons learned: Never loan a phone to a drunken stranger

Neighborhood Watch: Southeast, Week of March 14, 2012


N. Potomac Street, unit block, March 10, 11:11 a.m. A woman told police she was getting into her car when a man grabbed her purse, punched her when she tried to hold onto it, and fled.

N. Chester Street, 100 block, March 9, 2:45 p.m. A woman told police a teenager had approached her when she was out walking her children in a stroller. He threw her to the ground and grabbed her bag. When she got up, he shoved her stroller away so that she had to chase after it while he fled with the bag.

Eastern Avenue, 3700 block, March 6, 9:10 a.m. A pizza delivery franchise owner told police he had gone out to make his daily deposit at the bank. When he was near the bank, two men came up behind him, put an object to his back and one said, “Give me the money.” They took an envelope containing cash.

Fleet Street, 1900 block, March 7, 1:20 a.m. A man told police he was out walking when a second man approached him from behind and said, “Don’t move, don’t turn around. Give me your money.” The first man handed the second his wallet, and the second fled.

Eastern Avenue, 3700 block, March 5, 10:45 p.m. A man called police to report a robbery. He told police he had allowed a second man, whom he knew only as “Chris,” to use his phone, despite the fact that (a) “Chris” was intoxicated, and (b) he had never met “Chris” before. “Chris” then stated that he wanted to go to a party and therefore needed to call his girlfriend. He then refused to give the first man his phone back, and threatened to punch him if he tried to take it. He further tried to force the first man to accompany him to the party, and waved his fist at him when he refused.

S. Broadway, 100 block, March 4, 3:30 a.m. An intoxicated man told police three men had attacked him and robbed him of his cash and phone. He could not provide further details on the incident.

Aggravated Assault

S. Ann Street, 600 block, March 10, 6:35 p.m. Police responded to a report of an assault in progress. They found a man covered with blood sitting outside an apartment. He told police he had become involved in an argument with his niece, who punched him, then began hitting him with objects including a broom, dinner tray and Lysol can. She then locked him out of the apartment despite the fact that the lease was in his name. She was arrested and the man was taken to a local hospital.

S. East Avenue, unit block, March 10, 9 p.m. A woman told police her boyfriend hit her with a bottle during the course of an argument. She refused to provide further information on the incident.

S. Eaton Street, 100 block, March 8, 5:10 p.m. Police heard a shot and saw several people running from an area. They went to investigate and found a man who appeared to be the suspect, and who began running from them, while throwing things into trash cans as he went. He was apprehended, and when the trash cans were searched, suspected drugs were found. The suspect was arrested.

S. Bouldin Street, 1000 block, March 7, 9 p.m. Two female friends argued and one struck the other in the face with a vase.

S. Conkling Street, 300 block, March 5, 12:01 a.m. A man told police he went into a gas station where for no apparent reason two men he did not know struck him, then pulled a razor blade and cut him on the arm. The suspects then threw a pot of coffee on him and fled.

Eastern Avenue, 3800 block, March 5, 3:45 p.m. A man told police he was walking through an alley when three teenaged boys approached him, waving bats and screaming, “Your white ass don’t belong here.” They attacked and beat him, and then fled.

N. Kenwood Avenue, 600 block, March 4, 3:50 a.m. Police responded to the report of an assault in progress, and heard screaming and yelling through a house door. A woman answered the door but continued to scream and yell at someone. A group of suspects, who described themselves as friends, were separated and one told officers an argument had broken out among two of the individuals, and that one woman had hit a man with a glass bottle. The woman was arrested.

Graceland Avenue, 6700 block, March 4, 1:10 a.m. Police responded to a report of a fight at a bar and learned three men had been escorted out for being drunk and disorderly. One attacked the bouncer with a broken bottle, and a a struggle ensued. The suspect was arrested and upon being searched, was found to have three baggies of suspected cocaine. The other two suspects involved in the confrontation were arrested as well.

Leverton Avenue, 3200 block, March 4, 11 a.m. A woman told police she and her boyfriend had gone back to her house, and that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend had followed them, then confronted them and sprayed pepper spray into the new  girlfriend’s face. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

McElderry Street, 2300 block, February 18, 1:39 a.m. Two men with stab injuries told police they had been together at a social club, and that they had become involved in a fight with some women and men they did not know. One man claimed to have blacked out and therefore was unable to provide further information, while another told police he knew nothing more about the incident.


S. President Street, 600 block, March 10, 9 p.m. A man told police a woman wearing a Hello Kitty hat had stolen his phone.

S. Grundy Street, 100 block, March 9, 2:45 p.m. An elderly man told police a woman had knocked on his door and asked for donations for the funeral of a young girl. The woman went into the man’s bedroom and left shortly thereafter, having taken $240.

E. Fayette Street, 2900 block, March 8, 1:15 p.m. An elderly man told police a juvenile had picked his pocket.

Joplin Street, 300 block, February 29, 9:30 a.m. A 92-year-old man told police someone had entered his house saying she was collecting money for the elderly, but had stolen his cash and personal items instead.

Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Mary Helen Sprecher.

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