Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A terrifying crime in Bolton Hill. Two men rob a victim at gunpoint, force their way inside his home, then abduct him.
Mike Schuh has more as police try to hunt down these dangerous robbers.
WJZ spoke with the victim Thursday night and he is still terrified. Last Friday, he was kidnapped at gunpoint outside his home. For an hour he was driven around, fearing for his life.
Just before 7 p.m., the 45-year-old victim got out of his car parked in front of his Jordan Street home. That’s when two men approached him at gunpoint. They stole his phone, forced their way inside his home and went room to room looking for cash.
They even tried to pry his TV off the wall. Then, they dragged him outside and forced him back into his car– a grey Infiniti SUV.
They drove him to an ATM machine and tried to force him to use his card to take money out.
They went to two more ATMs where one surveillance camera captured pictures of the two men.
“They indicated they had done this before and if he cooperated he would not be harmed,” Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Baltimore City Police Department.
The robbers left the man in West Baltimore and took his car.
The bold crime has Bolton Hill on edge.
“It doesn’t happen frequently,” said one the victim’s neighbors, Alex Zhikulin. “But it’s definitely jarring.”
Monty Howard with the Bolton Square Homeowners Association says neighbors are mad police didn’t publicize the crime until now.
He says an officer who attended a community meeting this week didn’t even know it happened.
“We don’t know where the system broke down,” Howard said. “But something fell through the cracks and unfortunately, it’s a big deal.”
With the two men still on the loose, he says it can’t happen again.
Bolton Square plans to install more lighting and a new security camera system.
Investigators say the two robbers are both in their early 20s. One of them answers to the names “Jerome” or “Bootsie.” If you have information about their identity, please call police.