900 block E. Baltimore St., Sunday, Oct. 16, 6:37 a.m.: Two men argued at a homeless shelter and took it outside. One of the men punched and kicked the other. The suspect stole the victim’s cell phone and a medicine bottle containing $70 cash and fled. The victim was taken to a hospital.
2900 block Fleet St., Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:14 p.m.: Two women were held up at knifepoint by a man who said “Give me your purse or I will stab you.” The women screamed and one of the women threw her purse at the suspect. He picked up the purse, jumped into a maroon Oldsmobile and fled eastbound.
Unit block S. Robinson St., Monday, Oct. 17, 2:33 a.m.: A woman was walking home from visiting her sister when a man and woman ran past her pursued by three men. One of the three grabbed the victim’s purse and when she resisted, he stabbed her in the wrist with a pair of scissors. Police arrested but later released a suspect when the victim could not positively identify him.
100 block N. Clinton St., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1:58 p.m.: A man was sweeping in front of an auto repair shop when a man rode up on a purple bicycle and asked for air in his back tire. As the victim filled the tire the cyclist said “Hey can I have a few dollars?” The cyclist then showed a black handgun held in his waistband, forced the victim to the rear of the shop and stole cash, and then fled on his bike. Witnesses backed up the sweeper’s story.
2500 block E. Fayette St., Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.: A woman standing at a bus stop was jumped by two men who grabbed her around the neck and stole her cell phone from her jacket pocket. The victim had been listening to music on her ear buds and did not hear the suspects approaching.
2300 block E. Fairmount St., Friday, Oct. 14, 7:24 p.m.: A young man wearing a white hoodie walked into a corner store, pulled a handgun and said “Gimme the money.” The store’s owner, thinking the gun was a BB gun, picked up a white bucket of bubble gum and hit the suspect with it, saying “get out of the store.” The suspect fled.
1500 block E. Fayette St., Friday, Oct. 14, 11 p.m.: A man was punched and robbed of his cell phone and $230 cash. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his split lip.
200 block N. Milton Ave., Sunday, Oct. 16, 12:29 a.m.: A man walked into a corner store, showed a silver handgun and announced a robbery. The store clerk picked up the phone and called the police and the suspect fled.
400 block S. Washington St., Sunday, Oct. 16, 7:42 p.m.: A couple out walking noticed a man following them. When they turned onto Washington St., the suspect confronted them with his hand in his pocket, implying he had a handgun, and said “Give me your money.” The man said he didn’t have any money, and the suspect knocked him to the ground, tore his pocket and stole his wallet. The female victim tried to jump the suspect, then ran to the 500 block S. Washington and returned with reinforcements. The suspect fled with four people giving chase. The victims managed to subdue the suspect and waited for police. The suspect did not have the victim’s wallet on him when arrested, but the wallet was found, without cash, in the 400 block S. Chapel St. The suspect was taken to Central Booking and charged.
Unit block N. Highland Ave., Thursday, Oct. 20, 11:18 p.m.: A couple argued over the television set. The boyfriend threw a three-liter bottle of soda at the victim. The bottle hit her and exploded. Then the victim picked up their child, fearing that her boyfriend would take the child. The man threw a putty knife at her and hit her in the forehead, then fled. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
6200 block Eastern Ave., 8 a.m.: Two women fought, and one cut the other on the neck. A warrant has been obtained for the suspect’s arrest.
3000 block E. Baltimore St., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2:27 a.m.: A man told police he was letting an acquaintance stay in his spare bedroom to help him out. During an argument in the kitchen the guest threatened the victim with a butter knife and fled. The suspect was taken to Central Booking. The host was uninjured.
100 block N. Collington Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Two boys were playing football in the street, and a woman drove up and told them to move so she could park. One of the boys said “Let’s move before we hit this five-dollar Suzuki” and the woman got upset and got out of the car. There was a confrontation and another woman stood between the woman and one of the boys, trying to be the peacemaker. However, the boy reached around and tried to hit the suspect. The suspect grabbed his arm and bit him, and then the two traded punches. Police will seek a warrant for the suspect’s arrest.
2900 block E. Fayette St., Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:18 p.m.: A woman told police that she left her house locked at 3:30 p.m. and when she returned at 5 p.m. the back door had been kicked in. Her cube refrigerator, Play Station, Game Boys, Game Boy Advance and 360 game system with hard drive had been stolen, along with Marvin, her white cockatoo, who had been in a silver cage. The swing set was also missing from the back yard.
200 block S. Chester St., Friday, Oct 21, 11:15 p.m.: A man was awakened by his dog’s barking and saw a man trying to break into the house next door. He was able to scare the suspect away, then called the police and gave a description.
S. Chester St., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2:35 a.m.: A man was awakened by a noise downstairs and confronted a man in his kitchen, who grabbed the victim’s laptop computer and fled through a side window. An air conditioner had been pushed out of the window and into the kitchen to gain entry.
Stolen from parked cars: 9 GPS units; an iPad; an iPhone; four iPods; five laptops; a barcode scanner; three wallets; one briefcase; $2,120 and loose change; a coat, two jackets, jewelry from two cars; a camera; a checkbook; three chargers for various electronic gadgets; the car keys; sunglasses; a mountain bike; three sets of earbuds; a Home Depot credit card; an LL Bean bag; a green card; a St. Jude medal; and the title certificate to the car. Police continue to suggest that motorists put all their belongings out of sight before locking and leaving their cars.
This week’s Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Jacqueline Watts.