Southeast Crime: When would-be victims fight back, surprised assailant screams, ‘Why you hitting me?’

Fleet Street, 1400 block, April 27, 11:25 p.m. A man told police he was involved in a minor traffic accident with a second man. They got out of their cars to exchange information and the second man ordered the first to give up his wallet. When the first tried to get the wallet back, the second pulled a knife on him. Police responded to the accident report, and the knife-wielding man was arrested at the scene.
E. Baltimore Street, 2300 block, April 26, 2:05 p.m. A man told police he was out for  walk when two teenaged boys approached him, pulled a gun and robbed him of his mp3 player, then fled.
Bank Street, 1900 block, April 25, 11:25 p.m. A woman told police a man had grabbed her from behind, snatched her purse and then fled with it.
S. Durham Street, 500 block, April 22, 1:50 p.m. Two men were standing on the street waiting for a friend to pick them up when a vehicle pulled up and a man asked whether they had drugs. He pretended to be a police officer, then took cash from them and fled.
Parnell Avenue, 6500 block, April 21, 1:19 p.m. A man told police he was riding his dirt bike when two teenagers attacked him with a 2×4, knocked him off the bike, then rode away with it.
S. Broadway, 500 block, April 20, 8:57 p.m. A man walked into a sex toy store and put some merchandise on the front counter. When the clerk went to ring them up, he pulled a punch. She stepped back and he grabbed the goods and fled.

Aggravated Assault
Bank Street, 1600 block, April 26, 2:07 a.m. A man inside a bar was drunk and violent, smashing a glass bottle on the floor, punching a patron, then going outside and getting into another fight, during which he was seen kicking and punching a man in the stomach as he lay on the ground. The suspect tried to run when police arrived, but was arrested.
E. Pratt Street, 6200 block, April 25, 3:45 p.m. A high school student told police he was attacked by a group of teenagers who yelled, “Let’s start Project Beat-Down!” and proceeded to hit with him chunks of asphalt and sticks. They were arrested after a foot chase.
N. East Avenue, 500 block, April 23, 2 p.m. A teenager told police she was visiting with her boyfriend when they went outside and found a man sitting on some steps. The man said something to them, and an argument started, then escalated into a fight. The couple hit the man with a stick at one point, and the man said, “Why the f–k you hitting me?” He then cut the woman on her left breast with a knife and fled.
O’Donnell Street, 2900 block, April 22, 1:30 a.m. A man told police he was leaving a bar when someone sucker-punched him, knocking him down. As he was trying to get up, two others hit him with beer bottles. They fled, and he tried to leave as well but one suspect told him they would continue to beat him up if he pursued them. He as able to identify his attackers through Facebook. Follow-up will continue.
N. Rose Street, 100 block, April 22, 1 a.m. A man told police he had gotten into an altercation with his daughter’s boyfriend, who had punched him, then kicked him and beaten him with a baseball bat. A warrant was issued for the assailant’s arrest.

S. Washington Street, 100 block, April 28, 3:30 a.m. Someone opened the side window of a house, entered and ransacked the premises, taking a computer and jewelry.
Fleet Street, 1700 block, April 28, 2:50 a.m. Officers on patrol heard an alarm going off from a local bong shop. Security cameras captured the image of three teenaged boys breaking a window, grabbing a hookah smoking pipe and fleeing.
Eastern Avenue, 2200 block, April 23, 8:15 a.m. Someone forced open the window of a house and took $1,470 worth of computers and other electronics.
Eastern Avenue, 1600 block, April 21, 2 a.m. A woman was awakened by noises in her house. She found her door open and a TV, computer and $500 cash gone.
E. Lombard Street, 4100 block, April 17, 1 p.m. A woman told police she had come home to discover her television missing. She had left her door unlocked, and a witness told police a suspect had driven up in a U-Haul truck, loaded up the truck and left. The witness had thought the suspect was a mover and therefore had not reported anything.

Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Mary Helen Sprecher.

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