September 29, 2011
City police are investigating another home invasion incident in which the suspects entered a home claiming to be police.
Anthony Guglielmi, the department’s chief spokesman, said the latest occurred at about 3:20 a.m. in the 2800 block of Hilldale Ave in the Park Circle neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. Three men – two white and one black – forced their way into the home and yelled “Police,” he said. One of them had a silver badge on his belt, and they handcuffed two people and began searching through the home, police said.
One victim broke free and approached one of the suspects, and was shot in the face, police said. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition. Guglielmi said the suspects fled in a silver vehicle.
There have been a number of similar incidents in recent months. In June, three men kicked in the door to a home in the Ednor Gardens Lakeside community, bound a man and his wife, and shot the man. It happened again in Federal Hill the next month, as well as Northwest Baltimore. Police have arrested at least one man in those attacks.
The Hillsdale Road shooting wasn’t the only home invasion overnight that ended with a shooting. At about 5 a.m., in the 4100 block of Townsend Ave. in Brooklyn, three masked men forced their way into a home and pistol whipped and bound the three occupants. A 25-year-old woman was sexually assaulted, and a 45-year-old man was shot in the stomach. Police believe the suspects were looking for drugs and other items.
The shooting victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, as were the two other victims.