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Baltimore top cop robbed at gunpoint near Patterson Park

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jul 22, 2019

BALTIMORE — It's unnerving to think, if a top cop in Baltimore can be robbed at gunpoint, it can happen to anyone, at any time.

"I myself a few years back was robbed at gunpoint in my bedroom,” Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, “and it is an experience that stuck with me as well."

Cohen knows what Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Danny Murphy feels.

The lawmaker told us he was robbed at gunpoint in Baltimore when he was a grad student.

Now, it is in his district, just alongside Patterson Park, where police brass Danny Murphy and his wife were robbed.

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According to the police report, Murphy and his wife were walking on Pratt Street near the park just before 9 p.m. Saturday when three suspects came up from behind, pointed a gun and robbed them.

Phones, and wallets were taken, even their New Orleans driver's licenses.

Murphy was one of the first hires Commissioner Michael Harrison made, pulling him up to Baltimore as his deputy commissioner from their old department in New Orleans -- Murphy is in charge of consent decree compliance.

Cohen says he spoke to the deputy commissioner and says this crime won't change that.

"This makes him want to double down on Baltimore,” Cohen said, “That he sees this as obviously a deeply traumatic experience that he went through, but just more urgency for why his work and our work is so important."

Council President Brandon Scott has also been a victim of an armed robbery himself.

He says no matter who it happens to -- it has to change.

"It just again shows all the tough work we have to do in Baltimore and that people have to take this very seriously and understand that it can happen to anyone at any time, and we have to do whatever we can do to stop it," Scott said.

And that means sticking to the recently released crime plan and holding people accountable.

Now, that specifically includes the work of one of Baltimore's most recent crime victims.