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Man Bound, Shot By Police Impersonators

Man Bound, Shot By Police Impersonators

The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

June 28, 2011

BALTIMORE – A 32-year-old man was bound and shot Monday morning after three assailants kicked in the door to his Northeast Baltimore home, identifying themselves as police officers, officials said.

About the same time, officers in Southeast Baltimore were called to a home where a young woman was found fatally stabbed in a bedroom. The incidents are not believed to be related.

In the first incident, police said three men kicked in the door to a home in the 1500 block of Medford Rd., in the Ednor-Gardens Lakeside community, and bound a man and his wife with plastic “flex cuff” handcuffs.

Anthony Guglielmi, the police department’s chief spokesman, said at a morning briefing at police headquarters that the man realized the intruders were not officers and began to fight back, and was shot once in the upper body.

Investigators were exploring a possible robbery motive and said the injured man had been treated and released from a local hospital.

Guglielmi called the impersonations an “egregious violation of trust.” Though they identified themselves as police, the attackers were not dressed in police uniforms and did not display badges, the spokesman said.

At the home on Monday afternoon, in a community of single family homes with tidy front lawns, crime scene tape still blocked off the front yard and a police car was posted on the street out front.

In the second incident, the woman’s body was found about 5 a.m. Monday, in the 3200 block of Leverton Ave. near Highlandtown. Detective Kevin Brown, a police spokesman, said the victim was believed to be in her late teens and was found in a bedroom of her home. She had been stabbed in the torso and neck and was pronounced dead at the scene, Brown said.

Police did not give a motive and said the victim’s identity was unknown. A neighbor, Keon Davis, 28, said the family that lived at the home was quiet and friendly. He did not hear anything unusual at the house prior to police arriving at the crime scene.

“It’s strange,” Davis said. “They’re good people, as far as I know.”

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