Baltimore County police were searching yesterday for two suspects after a 71-year-old man was beaten with his own cane this week in the Stoneleigh area.
The attack, which occurred about 11 p.m. Wednesday, has shaken some Towson-area community leaders, in part because several neighbors apparently heard a commotion but did not call 911.
The man, who lives in the area, was walking in the 7100 block of Bristol Road, when he noticed a red, four-door sedan pass him and drop someone off, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a county police spokesman. He was then approached by one man who demanded money, Hill said.
The victim raised his walking cane in defense, and the man grabbed it and began beating the man with it, Hill said. A second man, who had been in the red car, ran up and grabbed a trash can, knocking the victim to the ground, said Hill.
Both suspects then fled without taking money from the victim. The man, bruised and cut, returned home, where he called police, Hill said.
Hill confirmed that several neighbors later told police that they heard something but did not call 911 -- which is particularly upsetting to neighborhood leaders, such as Karl Pfrommer, a member and spokesman for the Towson area Citizens on Patrol group.
"This could have happened in any neighborhood," said Pfrommer. "The message we're always trying to get across is: See something, hear something, say something."
Hill, the police spokesman, also said that residents should not hesitate to call police. He said police stress that people should not feel they are being a nuisance by calling about suspicious behavior.
The victim declined to be interviewed.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
Westminster Road bank robbed
Police were searching for a man responsible for the robbery of a bank yesterday in Reisterstown.
A man entered the Farmers & Merchants Bank branch in the first block of Westminster Road about 11 a.m. yesterday and handed a teller a note demanding money, Baltimore County police said. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, and the man fled.
It was not know what direction the man fled, or whether he was on foot or in a vehicle, police said.
No weapon was displayed, and no one was injured, police said.
School supplies being collected
The Baltimore County Department of Social Services Volunteer Office is collecting school supplies for needy children in the county.
Donors are asked to consider adopting a family to meet the needs of individual youngsters. Community groups, churches, corporations, individuals, and offices are asked to become donors to more than 350 county families, either through direct adoption or through donations of money, gift cards or school supplies.
County schools reopen Aug. 27.
Donations are accepted at the Volunteer Office in the Drumcastle Center on York Road, all Baltimore County public libraries, any branch of the Bradford Bank and Beverly Hochstedt Florist on Harford Road.
Good Neighbor Week nominations
The Baltimore County Good Neighbor Week Committee is seeking nominations for the Bridge Builder Award, recognizing residents or groups whose activities help advance harmony among various races and faiths, and for the Volunteer Service Award, recognizing residents or groups that strengthen communities.
Good Neighbor Week was founded by the Concerned Religious Leaders of Baltimore County, Baltimore County government and Baltimore County Public Schools.
During the observance, Oct. 29 through Nov. 4, residents are asked to organize and participate in community service events and celebrations of cultural diversity, such as home repair projects to help the needy and food drives.
The deadline for nominations for Good Neighbor Week awards is Sept. 13.
For a nomination form, call 410-887-2483 or go to www.baltimorecountymd.gov.
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