BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It was a violent attack in what’s considered one of the city’s safest neighborhoods. Now police have made an arrest in the brutal robbery in Canton that left one man severely injured.
Meghan McCorkell has more on how the suspect was caught.
Investigators say they were able to identify the suspect after he was caught on surveillance camera using the victim’s credit card.
Mustafa Eraibi, 19, could spend the rest of his life behind bars, accused in a violent attack in Canton.
“Now today, for the Canton area, you can sleep well. This guy is in custody,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts, Baltimore City Police Department.
Baltimore Sun editor Jon Fogg was walking from his car to his home when investigators say Eraibi approached him, indicating he had a gun. Fogg turned over his car keys, but was beaten over the head with a brick anyway.
“It happened so close to home. It was kind of a shock to the community,” said Natalie diFrancesco, general manager of nearby restaurant The Chasseur.
Police say Eraibi has a lengthy criminal history.
Investigators are now looking into whether Eraibi could be linked to any other crimes in the community. That includes another carjacking a week earlier, where a man was attacked with a flower pot.
“If he remotely matches, we’ll show photo lineups to see if we can charge him with other incidents,” said Major Dennis Smith, Baltimore City Police Department.
Jon Fogg suffered six skull fractures and lost at least eight teeth. A fundraising website for his recovery has raised nearly $30,000.
“My hope for him is that he just feels like there’s a community that’s supporting him,” said Canton resident Caroline Mason.
On Feb. 5, several Canton restaurants, including The Chasseur, will donate a portion of their proceeds to Fogg’s recovery.
“We were like, ‘What can we do to help?’ Anything he needs, we’re there,” said diFrancesco.
In a blog about the incident, Fogg writes he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
Eraibi is facing multiple charges, including attempted first- and second-degree murder.
In his blog, Fogg, a sports editor, writes of his attacker: “He thought he was targeting one person, but what he failed to realize was that he was going after all of Baltimore. And Baltimore has always been known for defense.”
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