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Crowdsourcing to solve a crime: Rockeymoore Cummings turns to Twitter for leads on home invasion

Two weeks after U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings said he scared away a home intruder, his wife has taken to Twitter for leads on solving the crime.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, posted to her 6,000-plus following to ask if anyone could help her identify a symbol on a hat that is the “only distinguishing feature of the man who recently broke into our home. I’m showing it to you to crowdsource the logo. Please let me know if you’ve seen it (or him) before.”

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Within a several hours, Rockeymoore Cummings had received about 175 re-tweets and a few internet sleuths offering suggestions to the origins of the symbol, which appears in the grainy cellphone photos to be a red horseshoe.

On Saturday, police did not provide an update on the investigation into the July 27 invasion of the Cummings’ home in the 2000 block of W. Madison Ave.

According to a police report, the intruder fled after the congressman confronted him during the 3:40 a.m. break-in. Cummings and his wife were awakened by their home security system.

Rockeymoore Cummings came downstairs and saw the suspect leaving with a black bicycle, according to the police report. She took pictures of the suspect with her cellphone. Those were the images Rockeymoore Cummings included in her Tweet.

The description the couple gave police says the suspect was wearing a black fitted hat with a red upside down 'u' shape on the front. They also said they believe the suspect is in his early 40s; 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, and having a “dark brown skin complexion,” according to the report. He wore a dark T-shirt and khaki shorts and black tennis shoes with white ankle socks.

No property was reported stolen.

President Donald Trump tweeted Aug. 2 about the home invasion, after Rep. Cummings confirmed he had scared off an intruder July 27. The president wrote, “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”

Trump had spent days tweeting criticism about Baltimore and Cummings, a Democrat — beginning hours after the break-in.

The Republican president sent multiple electronic missives about the city, its crime and rats. Trump also complained about federal spending in Baltimore and accused Cummings and other elected officials of not doing enough to address the city’s challenges.

Rockeymoore Cummings said she and her husband presumed initially that it was an “ordinary attempted break-in.” But as they’ve reflected on it, she said, she is “concerned that is not the case.”

Two things that struck her odd were that the suspect appears to have brought his bicycle into their home and then rushed to carry it back outside when the Cummingses were awakened by the alarm system. And Rockeymoore Cummings said when she made it down to the vestibule, she saw the suspect reaching to close the door behind him.

“That makes me curious about the whole incident,” she said. “I do know one thing: I want to make sure the world sees that hat, and if anybody recognizes him, I want them to notify the authorities immediately."

Rockeymoore Cummings said she has shared her cellphone images with a detective, but she has not specifically asked police to circulate the images and she is not sure if they have. A review of the department’s Twitter account does not appear to feature the images.

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