Spector Talks Carjacking, Assault

City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector calls citizen watch groups the “eyes and ears” of the community. (File photo)
City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector  (File photo)

Baltimore police have arrested a second teenager involved in the attempted carjacking of Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector last Friday, police said.

A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody at a family member’s home around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and has been charged as a juvenile with attempted robbery and first- and second-degree assault. The other suspect, a 15-year-old boy who was arrested Friday, faces the same charges.

At around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Spector was pulling her cellphone out of her pocket when two teenage boys dressed in school uniforms and wearing book bags raced toward her Buick. They then proceeded to pull the door open, Spector said, and threw her out of the car onto the concrete floor.

“They said, ‘White b—h, give us your car,’” Spector said. “I said, ‘You sons of b—–s, get out of here.’”

As she continued to yell for help, eliciting the response of two concerned garage employees, Spector said the 13-year-old fled, “running like hell.”

“I was screaming, ‘Gevalt gevalt, Help, help!’” Spector said. “Hashem was with me that day. One of my grandkids said to me, ‘Bubbie, why didn’t you give them the car?’ I said, ‘Give them the car? Are you nuts? I’m not giving them the car.’”

Fortunately for Spector, she said the teens were unable to exit the garage in the vehicle because she had the device that controlled the security gate.

The 13-year-old has a record that also includes carjacking, robbery, property destruction, drug and assault charges and two counts of stolen auto, according to police.

While Spector suffered a black eye during the incident, she said she was thrilled the suspects were caught, taken off the street and thankful she didn’t sustain any other injuries.

City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young rushed over to be with Spector last Friday after she was taken to a hospital for her injuries, Lester Davis, Young’s spokesperson, said. 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.”

Spector, who represents the 5th District in Northwest Baltimore, is the city’s longest-serving councilmember and earned the self-proclaimed title “Dean to the City Council.” She was appointed to her post in 1977.

Her last official day in office is Thursday, Dec. 8. She did not seek re-election.

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