Reporting Mike Schuh
PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — In a usually quiet section of Pikesville, there was a brutal attack. When it was over, an elderly man limped inside his apartment building looking for help.
Mike Schuh has details.
The victim had walked down the steps to his apartment’s garage countless times before, but Monday afternoon, someone was waiting—with a hammer.
Those who live in the co-ops at 11 Slade say they can’t remember such a crime.
“It makes me frustrated and angry, very angry,” said Steve Millison.
It happened at dusk in the stairway leading down to the garage.
“That, as he walked into the stairwell from the parking lot of the building, he was approached by a man asking for money,” said Detective Cathy Batten, Baltimore County Police.
When the 80-year-old man refused, the man pulled out a weapon.
“And when he did not provide the man with the money, the suspect struck him in the head and arm with a hammer,” Batten said.
Other items were stolen and the victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Millison is wary about the area where his neighbor was attacked.
“Every night when I park my car back there and walk from my car back into the building, I was waiting [and] very alert,” he said. “It’s not safe anywhere.”
Though they asked us to leave the property, the co-op board president said that they do have security there and a man was spotted earlier lingering about and they called police.
“Our officers did respond earlier in the day and located a man loitering in the lot. We interviewed him to see whether he was connected to this incident, which is still under investigation,” Batten said.
Police won’t say if any security cameras caught a glimpse of the bad guy, but it has caught the attention of those who live in these 130 units.
“It’s just sad and it’s not going to change,” Millison said.
The co-op manager says the assailant never made it into the building.
Baltimore County Police say there is a Crimestoppers reward offered for this case.