… Suspect had been to victims’ homes before …
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
6:15 PM EST, December 2, 2011
A man has been arrested in connection with two home invasions and robberies of elderly residents in the Pikesville area earlier this week, police said.
Durante Ricco Ervin, 50, of no fixed address, faces charges including burglary, robbery, second-degree assault and theft. Police say Ervin had been to the victims’ homes before.
In the first case, a 65-year-old man who lives on the 3200 block of Smith Avenue said a man entered his home around 11 a.m. Sunday, implied that he had a gun and restrained him while taking his wallet from his pocket.
The victim said he recognized Ervin as the same man who came to his house in October, asking to use the restroom.
On Tuesday around noon, police received a call from a couple in their 80s, who said a man entered their home on the 2600 block of Willow Glen Drive while they were in the kitchen. The suspect pushed the husband to the floor and then into the living room. He took $80 in cash from the couple, and threw the woman out the front door of the home, police said. She fell onto a table, breaking two lawn ornaments.
The couple recognized the man from last year, saying he entered their home posing as a water meter reader, according to police.
Police linked Ervin to both cases and arrested him in Baltimore City on Tuesday. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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