A group of young people put a gun to the head of a 64-year-old man reading a book at the Wyman Park Dell, sprayed him with Mace and stabbed him before stealing his belongings–an attack that they recorded on video and posted on Facebook, city police revealed Friday.
Police announced the arrests of two people in connection with the daytime crime, which occurred Monday, and said the group is believed to be responsible for other recent robberies. At least one of the suspects has already been charged in another robbery earlier this month, of a pizza delivery driver who was choked until she nearly lost consciousness.
Zannay Laws and Dakei Perry, both 18, were charged Thursday with attempted murder and robbery, police said. In charging documents for Laws, police wrote that she admitted standing with the attackers and recording the Wyman Park attack with her cellphone and posting to Facebook.
The victim was sitting on a bench about 5 p.m. in the North Baltimore park near the Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art when the suspects surrounded him and asked where they could exchange foreign money, police said.
One of the suspects placed a gun to his head, demanding money and property. Another stabbed him in his lower back, then a third sprayed him with Mace. Police say in charging documents that Laws was streaming video of the attack to Facebook.
The victim was stabbed again, in the right arm, before the suspects fled with his iPhone, his North Face backpack and $60 in cash.