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Sinai Hospital increases security amid incidents targeting employees around Baltimore campus

Citing concerns over recent crime targeting three employees, Sinai Hospital officials said they have taken additional measures to improve safety at the Northwest Baltimore campus, and city police said they’ve increased patrols in the area.

“At Sinai Hospital, the safety and security of our employees, patients and visitors is our highest priority,” said hospital spokeswoman Sharon Boston in a statement.

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“Our security staff includes uniformed Baltimore City police officers, and we have added additional security shifts and officers to monitor parking lots and garages as well as patrol our campus,” she said.

Boston said the hospital continues to offer security escorts to employees and visitors 24-hours-a-day. She said the hospital recently upgraded lighting in parking lots and installed additional security cameras and emergency blue light phones, as part of an ongoing plan to improve campus safety.

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Police spokesman Capt. Jarron Jackson, said the Northern District, which patrols the neighborhoods around the hospital, has increased patrols in the area in the early morning and night hours when the incidents have occurred.

The latest incident occurred the day after Thanksgiving, when police said a suspect attempted to rob a hospital employee on Sinai’s campus. The department planned to release a photo from surveillance video that captured the suspect in that attempted robbery, Jackson said.

On Oct. 8, a Sinai employee was carjacked in the 2400 W. Belvedere, near the hospital’s campus, police said.

Another carjacking occurred at 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 21. in 4900 Lanier Avenue, just south of Sinai. Police said the victim was approached by three male suspects, between 16 and 17 years old, and armed with a gun. One suspect tapped on the driver side-window with his gun and stated to the victim, "Get out of the car and leave everything,” police said.

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Elrico Scaff, 18, is charged with armed carjacking, armed robbery, first-decree assault, and other offenses, according to court records. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records. Police spelled his name as Elrico Staff.

Police said detectives are working to identify the other suspects. Jackson said detectives believe the group was also involved in the October carjacking.

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