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Doctor's patients robbed, delivery driver shot in N.E. Baltimore

TheftHomicideJohns Hopkins Hospital

Armed robbers held up a doctor's office and a delivery driver was critically wounded in a shooting in a shopping center parking lot Tuesday — two brazen daytime attacks that continued a trend of rising crime in Northeast Baltimore.

The robbery occurred in the 5400 block of Belair Road at about 10:30 a.m., police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed. A gunman wearing a tan-and-white outfit with a tan bandana over his face entered the doctor's office and took undisclosed amounts of cash and cellphones from patients and staff, Guglielmi said.

A second man held open the door — which has to be first opened by office staff — and the pair fled in a Ford Econoline van parked down the street.

On June 29, 2010, the office was robbed in a similar manner by two assailants, one brandishing a handgun.

"The suspects in both cases were familiar with the layout and the practices of staff, which begs to be investigated. We're going to poke very hard at that," Guglielmi said.

Hours later, at about 3 p.m., a delivery driver was critically wounded after being shot in a shopping center in the 3200 block of Erdman Ave., also in Northeast Baltimore. Police say he was making a delivery when a gunman approached and shot him in the chest, and investigators were exploring a possible robbery motive.

Crime has spiked in the Northeast District this year, with "part one" crimes — which include murder, rape, robbery, burglary and larceny — up 13 percent compared with the same time last year. As of early June, the district had seen about 290 robberies, or about 100 more than the district with the next-highest number of robberies. The district has also seen the most killings among the city's nine police districts.

In response, the department in recent months has flooded the southern part of the district with plainclothes officers.

Police say the unidentified delivery driver was rushed to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries as of Tuesday afternoon.

Spokesman Jeremy Silbert said the man was driving an unmarked box truck and was making a delivery, but it was unclear if anything was taken.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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