BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The suspect in a “disgusting” attack involving a brick in south Baltimore in August has been arrested, city police confirmed Friday.

Kenneth Burke, 69, was arrested at his home on West Conway Street Friday morning, police said. He was taken to Central Booking and has been charged with first-degree attempted murder.

Kenneth Burke. Credit: Baltimore Police

Police said Burke confessed to the attack and said he knew the victim.


The attack happened on August 30 in the Sharp Leadenhall neighborhood. Police said a witness reported hearing a loud argument between two men in the 100 block of West Hamburg Street around 6:30 p.m.

One of the men walked away, at which point the other man picked up two bricks and hit him in the back of the head before running away, officials said.

“It happened so fast,” one witness, who did not want to be identified, told WJZ at the time. “When I saw him running I thought he was running to talk to the guy.”

On Instagram, Councilman Eric Costello condemned the attack.

“It should go without saying that the complete depravity to human life illustrated in this video is absolutely disgusting and should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Costello wrote in a post accompanying the video.

The victim reportedly told police he suffered minor injuries and did not seek medical attention.

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CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (5)
  1. King Julian says:

    time to stone that prick

  2. Joe g says:

    Bet anything that the guy arrested has a long history of arrests and convictions and was let out over and over again, to have a second ( or tenth ) chance. … typical Baltimore system…

  3. Bill says:

    Surprisingly he does not have an extensive record. The two knew one another, this was not a so called “hate crime”, it was 2 acquaintances who had a dispute over something He has a couple minor drug possession charges from ~20 years ago, a disorderly pub from 25 years ago he got a STET on and was arrested last year for riding light rail w/o a ticket. Nothing big or violent.

  4. Tyree says:

    So Bill the white liberal already wants to down play this guy, well Bill, maybe next time he’ll beam you in the head with a brick. What this guy did was uncalled for and unacceptable, I don’t care if they do smoke crack together.

    1. Nonya Business says:

      So Tyree the white supremacist already wants to up play this guy, well Tyree, unfortunately reality doesn’t care about your narrative.
      You can keep droning on and on about how every black person is a crackhead, meanwhile there’s been a whole campaign recently cause white people can’t stop abusing opiods.

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