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Couple arrested in 2 Federal Hill robberies, suspected in others in city

A man and woman were arrested this weekend in two armed robberies in Federal Hill, and are suspects in several other robberies over a six-week period in some of Baltimore's most popular neighborhoods, according to Baltimore Police.

Charged with the two Federal Hill robberies are Brandon Marcus Ferrell, 22, of the 700 block of Linnard Street in the city's Edgewood neighborhood, and Stephanie Amber Smith, 23, of the 3400 block of Kenyon Avenue in the city's Belair-Edison neighborhood.

They are suspects in two other robberies in Federal Hill, two in Reservoir Hill and one in Fells Point, police said.

"This arrest shows our firm commitment to making the streets safe for those who live in, work in and visit Baltimore," said Captain Latonya Lewis, of the southern district, in a statement.

Ferrell and Smith were arrested together in the 100 block of Key Highway near the Inner Harbor on Oct. 5, after a patrol officer responding to two robberies in the area pulled their vehicle over, said Detective Brandon Echevarria, a police spokesman.

Echevarria said Ferrell and Smith had been involved shortly before in two armed robberies nearby in Federal Hill, in the 400 block of Grindall Street and the 900 block of William Street.

Through their investigation, police believe Ferrell and Smith may have been involved in five other robberies between Aug. 21 and Oct. 2, Echevarria said. He did not immediately say how the connections were made.

The pair are suspects in two robberies on Aug. 21 in Reservoir Hill, one in which another couple was robbed while walking in the 900 block of Whitelock Avenue, and a second in the 2300 block of Linden Avenue, police said.

They are also suspected in two other Federal Hill robberies, one in the first block of E. West Street on Sept. 30 and the second in the first block of W. Ostend Street on Oct. 1, police said.

They are also suspected in a robbery in the 1800 block of Thames Street in Fells Point on Oct. 2, police said.

Details from the individual robberies were not immediately available.

Lewis said the arrests were the result of southern district officers' "tenacity and policing skills" in trying to put an end to the string of robberies.

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