Tourist-Friendly Areas Target Of Armed Robbery String

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police say a masked man armed with a gun is robbing women in several popular southeast Baltimore neighborhoods.  The manhunt is on to find their prime suspect.  Monique Griego has more on the investigation.

Police say the suspect has targeted women walking in Canton, and while they’re not sure he’s linked to all the attacks, they want to catch him.  They hope by releasing his picture, he’ll become the most famous man in Baltimore.

Police say 26-year-old Jerry Hercum may be the man behind the mask in a string of armed robberies targeting women in southeast Baltimore.

“We’re pulling out all the stops.  We want Mr. Hercum to be famous and we want him caught immediately,” said Anthony Guglielmi.

Since July 4, police say women in Canton, Fells Point and Butcher’s Hill have been robbed by an armed suspect who sometimes wears a mask.

“I heard that mainly at night young women were being attacked and robbed,” said Desiree Jackson.

Jackson couldn’t believe one of the attacks happened near the Canton Market, a place she frequently walks to alone.

“I thought this was a pretty safe area.  I didn’t know anything like that would happen around here,” said Jackson.

Investigators say Hercum is wanted in connection with two of the attacks in which groups of women were robbed.

“Yeah, I guess that’s kind of scarier.  You kind of think that you have security in numbers, so I guess they’re kind of fearless right now,” said Jennifer Tuidings.

Tuidings owns the Patterson Perk Coffee Shop, which is just across the street from where police say an attack happened Saturday, on Patterson Park Avenue.

In the most recent attack, the armed suspect confronted a family, made them lie down on the ground, then robbed them of their purses, credit cards and cell phones.

Police are increasing manpower in the area, but Tuidings says she’s also going to do her part for her customers.

“I’ll just make sure everyone’s aware and that they just watch themselves at night,” she said.

Police say they don’t know if all the attacks are related but say there are similarities.

If you know the whereabouts of Jerry Hercum, call Baltimore City police.

  • Adam Davis

    And this is exactly why MD needs to reconsider their current CCW laws. Why is it so difficult for good, upstanding, law abiding citizens to obtain a permit to carry protection for themselves. One day a mugger like this is going to harass the wrong (and probably his last) victim. But no. We’ll just go on endangering the lives of innocent people, throw this dirt bag in jail for a month and release him. To do what? Start down the path of pursuing education and bettering his life and becoming a productive member of society? Doubtful.

    • Squaregrouper

      You are 100% correct. Let the law abiding citizens arm themselves and the thugs will think twice about committing crimes.

      • Adam Davis

        To take a page out of Ted Nugent’s book (paraphrasing a bit here) “A dead offender is not a repeat offender.” Obviously this doesn’t pertain to all crimes, but people who intentionally harm others for their own sick pleasure (be it rape, murder, muggers, kid-nappers etc) deserve swift justice at the hands of a responsible citizen.

    • Steve

      I have lived in Maryland most of my life. I moved about 3 years ago because my wife went into the Army. She has since desided to do 3 and out, we will be moving to Pa, but I will be working for my old employer in Md. I have Carry Permit’s for Pa, Ut, Fl, and Va. I know none of them are recognized in Md, but I would like to CHANGE THAT. I would like to hold Rallys every weekend at the State House, State Police HQ, Baltimore Police HQ, and talk to ALL THE LOCAL MEDIA ( 2,11,13,45,54, and PRINT NEWSPAPERS… ) It’s time Maryland joins the rest of the Country With (SHALL ISSUE) NOT (MAY ISSUE) … We need to be able to protect ourselves. The police are not able to get the crime rate down because they can’t be everywere. If we we able to protect ourselves and our family Via Legally Carrying a Firearm, Criminals would think twice about Committing a Crime….Just a Thought

  • Everett Rees

    This is why I will never visit Baltimoran…

  • Danny

    Thanks. Please don’t vist Baltimoran. We have enough illiterate people here.

    • DJ

      Good one!

  • skr2810

    Yes, you do!

  • Madman

    If the police cannot protect you then you must protect yourself. Any law abiding citizen should have the right to carry, but the liberals, ACLU and NAACP would scream to holy heaven.



  • Jon

    Glad O’Malley’s gun buy back program is working ! What a clown. Let’s get those replica flintlocks and muskets off the streets and make sure the criminals walk with their high end STOLEN weaponry and let the pole leece take care of us,,,,wait,,,, they are too busy setting up radar and flying around in helicopters enjoying the fireworks……

  • Pa

    Just another reason white people do not belong in Baltimore city. If you go down it’s your problem! I’am white with common sense!

  • Ramarro L. Smith

    Ok…let us look at the daily toll on the streets of Baltimore and then just imagine what the potential is for an event such as the Grand Prix, There will be people (of money) from all over the world for the race, and you can bet a real field day for Baltimore’s Robbers, Rapists and Murders. ” Charm City “..what and horrible joke.

  • d

    Corrupt DEA in the San Francisco Bay area where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to help cover extensive credit card debt.

    They are also creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.

    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

  • Truthteller

    I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

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