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Mass takedown announced for dozens of violent crimes in Baltimore area

By meerna Jul11,2024
Mass takedown announced for dozens of violent crimes in Baltimore area

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that a massive manhunt has been launched in connection with two separate sets of crimes that left dozens of people dead in Baltimore and surrounding towns.

Eleven people, including seven minors, were charged with very serious crimes, ranging from car theft to armed robbery.

“The more than 80 crimes involved more than 100 Marylanders, many of whom were simply at work or going about their daily lives when they unexpectedly became targets and victims,” said Assistant Attorney General Candace McLaren Lanham.

The Attorney General’s Office made the announcement along with representatives from the FBI, Howard County, Baltimore County and the City of Baltimore.

“There’s no question that Baltimore is a safer city with no violent criminals on the streets,” said Bill DelBagno, special agent in charge of the FBI in Baltimore.

The first series of offences took place in November and December 2022 and involved drivers using ride-sharing services.

Investigators say the group ordered an Uber or Lyft, kidnapped the driver, forced him into the trunk or back seat, then used the ride-sharing app to pick up more customers, whom they eventually robbed as well.

Investigators said during the second round of robberies, the group robbed food delivery companies, pizzerias and convenience stores at gunpoint.

“What’s particularly disturbing is that the vast majority of those charged in these actions are young people,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. “We need to make sure, once again, that our young people know there’s a better way.”

The number of crimes these groups are accused of is staggering, including 16 armed carjackings, 59 robberies, 21 kidnappings and eight car thefts.

According to investigators, there was one home invasion and one victim was raped.

Scott believes the seriousness of the charges should serve as a warning not only to the young suspects but also to their parents.

“If you know your young person is involved in something they shouldn’t be involved in, speak up now,” Scott said. “Don’t wait until your child is charged, arrested for some horrible crime to say, ‘Mr. Mayor, my child is a good child.’ Do it now.”

The attorney general’s office says the indictments also highlight the gun violence problem in the state.

During the operation, investigators secured several weapons.

By meerna

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