City police have charged two women - one who was released from jail recently after prosecutors dropped armed carjacking charges against her - in connection at least four knife-point robberies in the Federal Hill area, a spokesman said.
Officers received a report of a robbery Thursday night at about 7 p.m. in the 900 block of Harden Pl. and a description of the suspects was broadcast to officers. They found the two suspects walking in the 1100 block of Hanover St., said Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman.
Police arrested Sharticia Bryant, 21, and Keaira Vanzandt, 19, and have charged them in the Thursday robbery. But Silbert said police have connected the pair to at least three other similar robberies since Dec. 21:
-December 21, unit block of E. Montgomery St.
-December 23, 500 block of S. Charles St.
-December 31, unit block of E. Henrietta St.
Bryant was charged in March with an armed carjacking, armed robbery, and related charges, and was being held without bond. Court records show prosecutors dropped all of the charges in mid-November.
A spokesman for State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said the victim "failed to appeaer for multiple court dates for this defendant and the co-defendant."
Police said the carjacking occurred in the Pigtown area, in the 1200 block of Ward St. The victim told police she had been carjacked by three people, who fled with her car and crashed it into several parked vehicles in the 100 block of S Gilmor St. She arrested along with Calvin Stewart, 22. All charges against Stewart were also dropped on Nov. 15.