Maryland Teens Allegedly Rob Man on Park Bench, Post Video on Facebook

Baltimore Police Department/Screenshot
Baltimore Police Department/Screenshot

A group of Maryland teenagers put a gun to a 64-year-old man’s head as he was reading a book, sprayed him with mace, stabbed him, and robbed him of his belongings, all while they filmed the encounter in a video for Facebook, police said.

Police charged Zannay Laws and Dakei Perry, both 18, with attempted murder and robbery, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Laws admitted to standing with the attackers and posting the video to Facebook with her cell phone, according to police records.

The victim was sitting on a bench in North Baltimore by Johns Hopkins University when the suspects approached him and asked him where they could exchange foreign money, police said.

One of the suspects placed a gun to his head, demanding money and his belongings, while another stabbed him in his lower back. A third suspect sprayed him with mace.

One of the suspects stabbed him again in the right arm before the suspects ran off with his iPhone, $60 in cash, and his North Face backpack.

A spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department said that a citizen tipped officers off to the suspects.

“Criminals do some crazy things,” Baltimore Police Department spokesperson T.J. Smith told The Baltimore Sun. “They record themselves committing crimes, and we thank them for it. We encourage the criminals to continue to record your acts, and encourage citizens to continue to send us information when you find the criminal wrongdoing on camera and on social media.”

Smith said authorities are still trying to identify the other two suspects, but believe the group has committed multiple crimes in the area.

Police ordered Laws held without bond Friday, while Perry was initially ordered held on $50,000 bond before a District Court judge ordered him held without bond at a bail review, The Baltimore Sun reported.


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