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Baltimore Police charge 18-year-old Parkside squeegee worker with breaking window, hitting woman

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Baltimore Police on Monday after he allegedly knocked a woman over and broke her rear car window, police said.

Jaheem Burrows, of the 4700 block of Shamrock Ave. in Parkside, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and destruction of property. Police said Burrows is at central booking, waiting to see a court commissioner. Online court records were not immediately available for the 18-year-old.

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Police said officers were called to the 200 block of W. Conway St. around 1:30 p.m. Thursday for a disturbance with squeegee workers.

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The woman was stopped in traffic in the western part of downtown when a group of workers approached her car. Police said the woman told the workers she didn’t want her windows cleaned. As she drove off, Burrows broke her windshield, police said.

According to a police report, the woman got out of her minivan to take photographs of the group, but the suspect got on a scooter and ran into her, knocking her to the ground.

Police said they used the city’s surveillance cameras to confirm the suspect shattered the rear window using his squeegee and then hit the woman with the scooter. She was taken to a hospital with a scrape and large bruise on her left leg.

“This arrest comes as a result of our detectives working alongside members of the community to identify and arrest the suspect,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a news release. “This type of violence will not be tolerated in our city and this suspect must be held accountable for his actions.”

Baltimore officials have estimated there are about 100 “squeegee kids” regularly working intersections across Baltimore.

The squeegeeing has led to occasional violence. A woman in October told police her registered firearm went off after an “aggressive” group damaged her vehicle and a squeegee kid leaned inside her car. In February, one was arrested after allegedly refusing to get off the street and fighting and biting an officer.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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