Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector was assaulted and robbed by two teenagers in a south Baltimore parking garage on Friday morning, Detective Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore Police Department told the JT.
At around 10:15 a.m., officers were called to the unit block of Pierside Drive, off Key Highway, where police said Spector, 80, had been thrown to the ground before the suspects drove away in her car.
The teens were unable to exit the garage in the vehicle because the garage had a security controlled gate, Silbert said. Two garage employees who saw the incident stopped one of the suspects until police arrived on the scene, while the other fled.
Spector was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and has since been released, Silbert said.
In a prepared statement through the mayor’s office, Spector said she is “doing well” and praised Baltimore police and emergency responders “as well as the good Samaritans working in the garage who heard my pleas for help and detained one of the suspects until an officer arrived.”
The first suspect who was taken into custody is a 15-year-old male, Silbert said. The second suspect, Silbert said, is described as a black male, approximately 15 years old, and was last seen running toward Key Highway.
Spector, who represents the 5th District in Northwest Baltimore, is the city’s longest-serving councilmember and is the self-described “Dean of the City Council.” She was appointed to her post in 1977 and is currently serving her ninth and final elected term.
She will retire next week after deciding not to seek re-election.
City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young rushed over to be with Spector, Lester Davis, Young’s spokesperson, told the JT. Davis said Spector is “a strong fighter and [is] glad to see her back on her feet.”
“The council president was heartbroken when he heard the news,” Davis said. “It is sad and unfortunate that [Spector] was a victim of such a cowardly act. She is not going to let two punks keep her down.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, meanwhile, echoed those sentiments in a prepared statement, saying, she was “extremely disheartened” when she heard what happened.
“I am relieved to hear that she is recovering well and still her usual feisty self, but the violence on our streets is unacceptable,” Rawlings-Blake said. “Councilwoman Spector is a dear friend and colleague, and as with all incidents of violence, it is devastating when innocent people become the target of criminal behavior.”
Anyone with information on the incident is being asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.