Baltimore Police have made an arrest in a Thursday night attack in Otterbein in which a man was struck by a rock during an attempted robbery.
The Police Department publicized the attack and the arrest, which came days after a 24-year-old man was critically wounded in a stabbing and robbery in nearby Federal Hill. Some residents criticized police for not notifying the community of the incident.
Thursday night's incident occurred in the 100 block of W. Montgomery St. Police told the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association that a life guard from the Otterbein Swim Club was walking when he said he was approached by three black males in their late teens who said, "Hey white boy!" and threw a rock at him, hitting him in the mouth. One of the attackers said, "What you got?" and lunged at the victim with a pocket knife. The attackers fled when the man yelled for help.
The victim required 11 stitches to his lip, the neighborhood association said.
Southern District police stopped a man who they said matched the description of one of the suspects given by the victim, and the victim identified him as one of his attackers, police said.
Police arrested Sidney Joyner, 19, who lives in the nearby 1000 block of Leadenhall St. and said he would be charged with robbery and assault charges.
The night before, according to the neighborhood association via police, another life guard from the Otterbein pool had been approached at Sharp and Henrietta streets by a group who said, "What are you doing, white boy?" and punched him in the mouth.
On Sunday morning, a man was attacked by a group of four teens, who were riding on mopeds, and was stabbed. Police did not say whether they are investigating a possible connection between the two attacks.
Through the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, police have released a description of those suspects, describing them as four black males between the ages of 16 and 21 who were riding the mopeds in pairs. The scooters were described as either white, blue or green; each of the suspects had short hair though one "may or may not" have had longer hair.
There were 71 robberies reported across Baltimore last week, seven of which occurred in the Southern District. None of them occurred on the Federal Hill-Locust Point peninsula.