A 29-year-old Baltimore man with a “history of violent crime” was arrested early Saturday morning and charged in three separate carjackings in recent days, including one in which a 76-year-old man was stabbed, police said.
Robert Donte Crenshaw of the 3400 block of Spellman Road confessed to the three carjackings and would have “undoubtedly continued hurting people” were it not for the “great work and diligence” of the Eastern District patrol officer who spotted him driving one of the stolen vehicles about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.
Crenshaw was arrested after bailing out of the car and running, Monroe said. He is now charged with attempted murder, carjacking, robbery and other crimes in the three incidents.
Crenshaw, who was taken to Central Booking, did not have an attorney listed in online court records Saturday and could not be reached for comment.
Monroe described as “absolutely horrible” the surveillance footage police uncovered of the stabbing of the 76-year-old man during a carjacking Friday in a rear parking lot of the 1000 block of E. Lombard St. in Jonestown, just east of downtown and north of Little Italy.
“It was so callous,” Monroe said. She did not have a specific time for the attack, but said it happened during the day.
Just before his arrest, Crenshaw was driving a blue 2008 Hyundai Tucson that had been stolen in the 200 block of S. Ann St. in Upper Fells Point about 4:40 p.m. Sept. 11, Monroe said.
During the stabbing and carjacking on Lombard Street, Crenshaw was wearing a pink backpack that had been stolen in the Upper Fells Point carjacking, Monroe said. The victim in that incident was a woman in her 50s, Monroe said.
The third carjacking, also of a man in his 70s, occurred in the the 400 block of S. Chapel St., which is also in Upper Fells Point, police said. Monroe said she did not have a time or date for that carjacking on hand Saturday.
Monroe said all three victims were threatened with a knife, though only the 76-year-old was injured. The victims were not publicly identified.
Court records show Crenshaw was charged with armed carjacking in 2011 and pleaded guilty, receiving a sentence of 12 years with all but seven years of that time suspended.
He was charged again with car theft in April of this year, but prosecutors dropped that case in June, records show.
In 2004, Crenshaw was charged with attempted murder, records show. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and a handgun charge, receiving a sentence of 10 years with all but about 10 months of that time suspended. When he violated his probation in 2008, he was sentenced to another two years and two months of the suspended time.
Details from those cases could not be obtained Saturday.
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.