Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts cited "old-fashioned police work" in the arrest Friday of a 19-year-old man who is accused in a robbery that left a Canton man seriously injured.
Mustafa Mohammed Ali Eraibi, 19, of Northeast Baltimore is charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Jan. 14 attack in the 3400 block of Foster Ave.
"Today, for the Canton area, you can sleep well. This guy is in custody," Batts said.
According to police, Jonathan Fogg, 30, suffered facial fractures, bleeding on the brain and the loss of several teeth, among other injuries. His family started a fundraiser online to help supplement his insurance, which has raised nearly $30,000 from the community as word of the case spread through social media.
Fogg, who works on the sports desk at The Baltimore Sun, was getting something from his car when a man asked him for a cigarette, then threw him to the ground and smashed his head with a landscaping brick. Fogg's car, a 2009 Toyota Prius, was taken along with other items.
Batts highlighted the investigation as a good use of intelligence. Within just an hour of the attack, Fogg's stolen credit card was used at two Northeast Baltimore 7-Eleven stores, and later at a downtown 7-Eleven on Baltimore Street.
Surveillance cameras captured an image of a suspect, which were circulated to officers and the public.
On Wednesday, police say, a Southeastern District patrol officer recognized Eraibi around the Highlandtown Market and got his information. Detective Lisa Hinckley determined that Eraibi was the suspect, in part because he was wearing the same Cincinnati Reds cap as the man in the surveillance images, police said.
A public defender who represented Eraibi in a previous case declined to comment.
There have been similar crimes reported recently in the Canton-Highlandtown area, but Maj. Dennis Smith, the head of the district detective units, said no other incidents have been linked. He said detectives will be examining those other cases.
Eraibi has prior assault and robbery arrests. He was charged in November 2011 in a case that was dropped by prosecutors, and a May 2012 armed-robbery charge was sent to juvenile court. Then in November 2012 he was charged in an assault and robbery, a case that prosecutors placed on the inactive docket in March 2013 with a note that Eraibi was to complete a program with the Department of Juvenile Services.