Multiple home invasion robberies are reported in the Homeland community

BALTIMORE, Md. - Stuart Wright has talked to his neighbors following one scary night.

"The women were both home.  One of them stepped out onto the second floor deck and was pushed in by somebody who was wearing a ski mask," said Wright.    

Once inside, police say the suspect followed two women through the house holding a knife.

"They threw some money at him to get him to leave the house, is my understanding," said Wright.    

The victim told another neighbor the same story.

"You scream, I'm going to kill you," said Chintha Kuruppunayake, a neighbor.  "She showed me her neck, where the knife was.  There was a little gash in there," she said.    

Police say it's the fourth incident in Homeland, a community mixed with homes and condos.  They started about a month ago.

"In the first incident, the suspect allegedly entered the home behind some females who were walking inside.  The door was still partially open when the suspect entered behind the victims and then robbed them," said Det. Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore Police spokesman.    

In the two other incidents, police say the suspect got into a condo through an unlocked door and he held up a deliveryman.

In the first three robberies, the suspect had a gun.  Police say he was wearing a mask each time.  

The community is gated.  Security comes on at night, but homeowners are thinking he's willing to jump the fence. 

"The other thing that's happened that's been kind of odd is discovering the back porch lights of many of the houses have been unscrewed like he was setting himself up for something future," said Wright.   

As homeowners tighten up so are city police officers.  They are driving through Homeland, handing out safety fliers, and looking for any clues. 

"All of us are really on edge, which is unusual for this neighborhood," said Wright. 

Police don't know how many people are behind the robberies and the suspect description is brief.  Police describe him as a black male, approximately 5'7" - 5'8" tall, thick build, wearing dark clothing, and a dark ski mask over his face.   

Metro Crimestoppers wants you to call 1-866-7LOCKUP.  A reward of up to $2,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.


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