The man, who was awake and working on his laptop, was stabbed with a sharp unknown object after he discovered an intruder in his home in the 2800 block of Cheswolde Road at 3:36 a.m., according Det. Nicole Monroe, a spokeswoman for Baltimore City police.
He was taken to an area hospital in serious but stable condition, she said.
The Cheswolde resident heard a noise in the house, and discovered the intruder when he went to investigate. He was stabbed during a confrontation, and the intruder fled. The man’s wife called 911, Monroe said.
There was no report of property taken. As of press time, there were no leads on the suspect but the crime labs are processing the evidence.
“Here’s a pattern we’ve seen over the years,” said Nathan Willner, president of the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association and spokesperson for Shomrim. “The level of crime has increased from petty theft, to car break-ins to more serious property crimes like breaking into homes.” He asserts this is due to criminals perceiving a decreased police presence in the northwest area.
“We’re going into a three-day holiday of Shavuos, when a lot of residents are walking to shul, attending [late night] classes, staying up all night [as is tradition], so we’re hoping there is an increase in police presence,” Willner said.
Willner added that the neighborhood association and Shomrim met just this week with the police captain of the Northwest district to make them aware of the anticipated patterns of movement over the three-day holiday, which includes Shabbat. He added that the crime “literally” happened in newly elected Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer’s backyard.
“People in the community have been advised for many years to make sure doors are locked, windows are closed, but despite those efforts these things happen,” Willner said. “It definitely shakes your sense of safety and security.”