Second teen arrested in assault of Baltimore councilwoman Rikki Spector

Baltimore police arrest second teen accused of attacking councilwoman Rikki Spector

Baltimore police have arrested a second teenager in the attack and attempted carjacking of 80-year-old City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector last week in a South Baltimore parking garage.

The 13-year-old boy was picked up by officers at a family member's home about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. He has been charged as a juvenile with attempted robbery and first- and second-degree assault.

Police say the boy and a 15-year-old, who was arrested Friday and faces the same charges, assaulted the 80-year-old at the garage in the first block of Pierside Drive and tried to drive away in her car. They weren't charged with carjacking because they didn't get away with the car, police said.

Spector, who suffered a black eye in the attack, said Sunday she was glad the suspects were caught and grateful she wasn't injured further.

Spector recently had a basal cell removed from her cheek and said the stitches were still intact after the attack.

"I went to the hospital, and they examined me from head to toe and I am fine," she said. "I can tell you it's a miracle they didn't bust the bones in my face or body. The good lord took care of me, honestly."

Spector said she was attaching her cellphone to the dashboard of her Buick on Friday morning when two teen boys wearing school uniforms and carrying book bags approached her car. She said she screamed and tried to fight them off, telling them, "You aren't going to get away with this."

She said the boys punched her in the face and threw her across the garage before jumping in the car. As she continued to scream, attracting the attention of garage workers, she said, the 13-year-old jumped out of the passenger side and fled.

A security gate prevented the 15-year from driving the car out of the garage, police said, and garage employees stopped him until police arrived.

Spector said she is glad the teenagers are off the street, but she added that more needs to be done to bring down crime. She pointed out that her attack occurred in a "secure, guarded, controlled garage."

Spector said she hopes to work with the Maryland Association of Counties on state legislation that would help prevent incidents like the one she experienced.

"These kids have to have consequences," she said.

Spector, who represents the 5th District in Northwest Baltimore, is the longest-serving member of the council. She was elected in 1977.

She declined to seek re-election this year and will retire from the council this week.

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