Police: Teens — Armed, Antsy and Aiming to Survive — Driving Robbery Spike in Baltimore

An 11-year-old boy was walking near Patterson Park in Southeast Baltimore when five teenagers approached on bikes. One pulled out a knife, according to police, said “Give me your stuff,” and rifled through the boy’s pockets. He stole $6 and a cellphone.

Across town a couple hours later, a 64-year-old man was reading a book on a bench in the Wyman Park Dell near the Johns Hopkins University. A group of teens approached, police say, put a gun to his head, sprayed him with mace, stabbed him and stole his belongings.


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