TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A west Towson homeowner was shot while catching a burglar in the act. He’s still in the hospital and the suspect is facing charges but that’s not comforting neighbors.
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The suspect is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail. But even though he’s behind bars, neighbors say they’re still on edge.
In a quiet community less than half a mile from downtown Towson, neighbors are shocked that someone here was shot.
“We had never heard of anything that violent,” said one.
“It’s a very family-oriented neighborhood, very safe. That’s why I think a lot of families come here,” said another.
Police say early Sunday morning, Bradford Steven Holup, 49, of Baltimore broke into a home on Allegheny Avenue when the homeowner, a 65-year-old man, came home to find him. Police say Holup shot him in the back of the neck, then drove off. A couple blocks away, an officer spotted Holup and pulled him over.READ MORE: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Plans To Retire
Police say he was dressed in camouflage from head to toe, and inside his vehicle, they found some of the victim’s belongings.
“We’re still not sure what other property may have been taken or what this burglar was looking far. That’s all still part of the investigation,” said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Police.
Even with Holup behind bars, neighbor Paula Lamp is still worried that crime here is escalating.
“So it seems that just recently, things have started to pick up in this neighborhood so it’s kind of concerning,” Lackamp said.
And she says this isn’t the first time the victim’s house has been burglarized, but there are only so many precautions residents can take.
“You can only do alarms and a dog and just trying to be safe,” Lackamp said.
Holup is now facing attempted murder, assault and burglary charges. WJZ has learned he has a violent past. He’s already on parole for attempted murder, rape and burglary.MORE NEWS: Feds Seize Bogus Domain Name Posing As Department Of Labor Website
Police are still investigating, but don’t believe the victim was targeted. He is expected to make a full recovery.