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Barricade Situation Ends In Murder-Suicide; Suspect Had Lengthy Rap Sheet

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A tense standoff between an armed man and police ends in murder-suicide. WJZ has learned the dead man is connected to several other acts of violence. Police are calling him a one-man crime spree.

Christie Ileto has more.

Police say Robert Hopkins had a lengthy criminal rap sheet. In just the last two weeks, they say he committed several acts of violence.

Police say Robert Hopkins, 28, shot and killed a man before barricading himself in a building, forcing a several hours-long standoff with police Friday morning.

“This ended up being an attempted carjacking where the victim was shot in the head,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts, Baltimore City Police.

“It woke me up, like, ‘Boom, boom, boom!’ Like somebody was pumping a rifle,” said neighbor Yvonne Baker.

She heard the gunfire, and like other residents, waited in her home until officers said it was safe. Hours later, police say Hopkins took his own life.

Commissioner Batts describes Hopkins as a one-man crime spree.

“This guy could be involved in more violence than we know at this point in time,” the commissioner said.

Not only does Hopkins have a lengthy criminal rap sheet, but just in the last two weeks police say he’s committed a number of crimes, including on N. Monroe Street.

Police say on Dec. 28, Hopkins stole a vehicle. When confronted by the owner, Hopkins opened fire.

On Jan. 8, police say Hopkins carjacked a sedan driver. That same day, he attempted to sexually assault a female driver.

“He got into the vehicle, immediately pulled out a handgun and requested a sex act from the driver. The female refused to do so, and he made her get out of the car,” police said.

Hopkins’ so-called crime spree ended Friday. And now police are working to see if he’s behind any other random acts of citywide violence.

Police have identified Friday’s shooting victim as Spencer Falcon.

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