Mugging captured on camera
When three men attacked and punched and robbed a man of his cell phone near downtown this weekend, the muggers apparently forgot about the hundreds of surveillance cameras watching over many of Baltimore’s street corners. At left, The Sun's Lloyd Fox captures officers monitoring surveillance cameras
One of the cameras captured the mugging, and police quickly arrested two men and recovered the stolen cell phone from one of the suspect’s pants pocket. Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III told this story at a budget presentation on Monday, in part to showcase the necessity of the program.
The attack occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday on Park Avenue, near Liberty Street, about two blocks west of Charles Street and near a major city hotel. The victim and friends had just left an apartment on West Fayette Street when a man approached and said, “Give me everything in your pockets.”
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A police report says that one of the men then punched the victim in face, knocking him to the ground and causing a cut to his left eye and chin. Another man took the victim’s $400 Droid cell phone from his pants pocket.
The victim’s friend called police and officers staffing the CitiWatch Center on North Howard Street found the mugging on videotape. They quickly broadcast a description and within minutes officers had detained two suspects on Light Street. Police said in the report that the Droid cell phone was in one of the suspect’s pants pocket.
Police declined to release the video because it is evidence in a pending case
Davontay Thompson, 19, of the 3200 block of Kelox St., in Gwynn Oak, was charged with robbery and assault and was ordered held on Monday on $100,000 bail. Kareem Colvin, 21, of the 2600 block of Purnell Drive, also in Gwynn Oak, also was charged with robbery and assault. He was being held on $250,000 bail.