Would-be cell-phone thief flees after woman punches him in the face

Robbery
Bethel St., 700 block, Feb. 24, 1 a.m. A woman told police that while standing and smoking a cigarette, the male suspect approached her on a bicycle and engaged in conversation. He then pushed her into the wall, placed a screwdriver to her left side, and said, “Give me everything.” He took the woman’s phone and money, and fled on his bike.

S. Highland Ave., unit block, Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m. Two men reported that they were walking the block when a man approached and asked, “Do you know Ben? If you don’t know Ben you got to go.” The victims replied in the negative. The man left, but returned with three other men and said, “If you run, I’ll shoot you.” One of the other men then took property from the victims; the other two newcomers appeared to act as look-outs. The four fled. A man was later arrested in connection with the incident.

Gough St., 1600 block, Feb. 25, 9:10 p.m. A young man told police that while he was in the block, a man approached him and said, “What are you looking at? I will take your stuff.” The suspect then pointed a silver handgun at the victim and took his bag. The suspect looked inside of the bag, and handed it back. The victim then fled and flagged down the police.

Eastern Ave., 3800 block, Feb. 26, 2:50 p.m. The store reported that the suspect entered and attempted to steal deodorants, placing them in his pocket. The victim said that she confronted the suspect as he was about to leave, and a struggle over the property ensued. The suspect pushed the victim in an attempt to leave. He then gave back the property and fled. He was arrested by police as he was walking away.

Gough St., 2100 block, Feb. 27, 5 p.m. A man told police that while he was walking, a man approached and grabbed his cell phone from his hands. As the victim turned, he was shoved to the ground. He pursued the suspect, who threw the phone to the ground and fled. The victim took back his phone and called police. The suspect was later arrested for a different robbery, and confessed to this attempt as well.

N. Lakewood Ave., unit block, Feb. 27, 5:10 p.m. A woman told police she was standing outside waiting for her ride when the suspect walked by. He then walked back and tried to grab her cell phone from her hand. She struggled with him, trying to hold on to her phone. She punched him in the face; the suspect fled.

S. Washington St., 300 block, Feb. 27, 8:05 p.m. An officer said that he heard a woman yell for help, and saw suspects standing over her. One of the male suspects was arrested; the other fled with her cell phone and was not found. The woman reported that the suspects shoved her to the ground and she dropped her phone, which one of the men picked up before fleeing.

Kane St., 400 block, Feb. 27, 11:35 p.m. A woman reported that during an argument with her boyfriend, he attempted to run her over with his car and ran over her foot. A warrant was obtained; he was arrested.

Burglary
Aliceanna St., 1400 block, Feb. 24, 7:15 a.m. An unknown suspect used a 35-pound weight to shatter the front glass door to the church. Once inside, the suspect stole an Apple laptop, camera bag with camera, lens, memory cards, and a flash drive.  S. Robinson St., unit block, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. A woman reported that someone cut her rear window screen to gain access to her house. The suspect stole about $1,200 in cash.

E. Fayette St., 2300 block, Feb. 25, 5 p.m. The reporting person stated that he believed that he had secured the vacant property, but upon returning, he found that someone had gained access by unknown means and taken baseboard heaters, copper pipe, and a metal ladder. There was no sign of forced entry; officers believed that multiple suspect were indicated due to the size and volume of items taken.

McElderry St., 3000 block, Feb. 26, 11:44 a.m. A woman reported that she heard a loud noise and then found damages to her rear door around the lock. She believed that she had frightened off a burglar.

N. East Ave., unit block, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. An unknown suspect kicked in the rear door and stole a gas stove from the vacant property.

Gough St., 6900 block, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. A woman reported that someone broke in via the rear basement window and stole two Gucci watches, a ring, another watch, an iPad, a computer, and $2,500 in currency. A neighbor reported seeing two juveniles sitting on the woman’s porch.

E. Baltimore St., 2900 block, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. A woman reported that while she was home alone with the front door unlocked, a man walked in and stated that he was looking for the lady who took his bag last month. She told him to leave; he left.

McElderry St., 2900 block, March 1, 10 a.m. A woman reported that someone kicked in her side basement door and stole three flat-screen TVs and 20 watches. The door was kicked in and flat on the basement floor.

Aggravated Assault
S. Duncan St., 400 block, Feb. 24, 2:10 a.m. A man said that during an argument, his girlfriend picked up a 51-inch TV and threw it at him, cutting him on the back and under-arm area. She was arrested.

Kane St., 1700 block, Feb. 25, 5 a.m. A man said that an unknown suspect approached him from a silver Honda, displayed a gun, and ordered him to the ground. The man refused to comply, so the suspect, also male, struck him in the head with the gun and kicked him when he fell to the ground. He stated, “You are a snitch,” and fled.

E. Baltimore St., 2400 block, Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m. A teenager told police he was playing basketball at the park when the
guys he was playing against got angry. The teen decided to leave, but then a suspect, who had not been playing basketball, pulled out a gun and said, “Get the [expletive] out of the park.”

Mason Ct., 200 block, Feb. 28, 1 a.m. A woman said that she told her boyfriend to leave during an argument. He got angry and grabbed her and struck her in the eye. When she said she was calling the police, he pulled out a silver handgun and threatened her. He fled; a warrant was issued for his arrest.

 

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