Southeast Crime: ‘I set my house on fire because the walls told me to’


S. Dallas Court, 300 block, March 26, 1:44 p.m. Police and fire officials responded to a report of an arson. A man who was present told them, “It’s my house and I set it on fire because the walls told me to.” He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.


N. Montford Avenue, 100 block, March 29, 9 p.m. A man told police he had left a friend’s house and was walking home when he was attacked from behind and robbed of his wallet.

E. Fayette Street, 3000 block, March 28, 9:05 a.m. A man told police he was walking along and talking on his phone and thus not paying attention to his surroundings when three men attacked him and robbed him of his wallet.

S. Broadway, 200 block, March 25, 9:40 a.m. A man told police he and a friend were out walking when they were attacked by two men who took a wallet, cash and a gold necklace.

E. Baltimore Street, 4000 block, March 18, 1:20 a.m. A man entered a store and began taking deodorant and putting it in his pocket. A security guard tried to stop him and a struggle ensued, during which the suspect tried to take the guard’s handgun. He was arrested on the scene.

Dundalk Avenue, 1100 block, March 15, 12:30 a.m. A man told police he had been out walking when he was attacked from behind and robbed him of his wallet, phone and cash. He went home, went to sleep, then woke up the next day and reported the crime. He was treated for a broken jaw at a local hospital that day as well.

Aggravated Assault

N. Lakewood Avenue, 400 block, March 30, 1:10 a.m. Police responded to a report of a stabbing and found a man suffering from knife wounds. He told police he was arguing with a suspect (whom he could name and identify by address as well) and that the suspect had pulled a knife and stabbed him twice. Police will follow up.

Fait Avenue, 3100 block, March 30, 10:07 p.m. Police responded to a call about an assault and found a woman who told police her ex-boyfriend had gotten drunk and attacked her. He pulled a knife and told her, “If you call the police, I might kill you.” He ripped her braid out (she was able to show same to officers) and then fled. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

N. Highland Avenue, 600 block, March 27, 2 p.m. A woman told police she had become involved in an argument with her twin sister. During the course of the altercation, her sister went into the kitchen, grabbed a butcher knife and came out swinging. A bystander took the knife away and another witness called police. A warrant was issued for the assailant’s arrest.

Fleet Street, 1700 block, March 25, 2:35 a.m. A man told police he had been standing in an intersection when another man drove up in a red SUV and began cursing and yelling at him through the open vehicle window. The driver circled the block and came back, got out of his car and attacked the first man, stabbing him in the chest. He then fled.

McElderry Street, 3000 block, March 24, 11:30 a.m. A man told police he had argued with a woman with whom he was in a relationship, and that she had bitten him. She told officers the man had pushed and hit her as well. Both were arrested.


S. Decker Avenue, 500 block, March 27, 8:20 a.m. Two suspects entered a house through an open, unlocked window. The suspects fled when the homeowner noticed them.

S. Linwood Avenue, 800 block, March 28, 1:15 p.m. Police saw a man walking through an alley acting nervous and carrying a heavy bookbag. He was stopped for a field interview, and told police he had nothing to hide. His bookbag was found to contain latex gloves, a wedging tool, flathead screwdriver, camera and remote for a TV. He was noted by eyewitnesses to have recently exited a house that was not his, and had placed two TVs in the alley near the door. He was arrested.

N. Milton Avenue, 700 block, March 27, 4:20 p.m. Someone entered a home through a basement window and took a bike, TV and computer.

S. East Avenue, 400 block, March 26, 6:45 p.m. Someone entered a home through a back kitchen window and took computers, cash and games.

Elliott Street, 300 block, March 25, 12:57 p.m. Someone entered a home through a rear window and took a safe and a credit card.

N. Potomac Street, 100 block, March 25, 12:40 a.m. Someone entered a home through a side door and took computers.

S. Bouldin Street, 900 block, March 25, 7 a.m. Someone entered a home through a front door and took tools.

N. Linwood Avenue, unit block, March 23, 12:51 p.m. Someone broke into a home through a bathroom window and took a TV.

Fell Street, 900 block, March 22, 3:45 p.m. Someone entered a home through a garage door and took a bike, game system and two games.

Danville Avenue, 6100 block, March 20, 7 p.m. Someone entered a home through unknown means and took two TVs, dishes and $900 cash.

Larceny from Auto

Tags: 8

Checkbook: 1

Wallet: 2

Purse: 3

Handicap Hang Tag: 1

Prescriptions: 2

Cash: $112

GPS: 13

Suitcase: 3

Jewelry case: 1

I.D.: 1

Computer bag: 1

Printer: 1

Earpiece for phone: 1

Calculator: 1

Designer sunglasses: 1

mp3: 3

Nothing: 12

Cigarettes: 1 pack

Computer: 1

Miscellaneous Papers: 2

Cable box: 1

Climbing Bag with Rope and Harness: 1

Gallons of Gas: 15

Snow Shovel: 1

Police are cautioning residents to avoid becoming victims of burglaries, which always spike in warm weather. Keep doors and windows (even balcony doors and second floor windows and above) closed and locked when not at home. Have neighbors pick up mail, or have mail stopped, during vacations. Use timers on lights.

Detectives say that often, residents will leave doors and windows open or unlocked while going to visit a neighbor quickly, while taking the dog for a walk, or while going for a quick run.

Burglars lurk in neighborhoods and wait for opportunities to arise, including residents who let their guard down. A crime takes only a few minutes to occur, but so does prevention. Take a moment to lock doors and windows upon leaving, and to encourage others to do the same.

Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Mary Helen Sprecher.

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