Elderly couple robbed at gunpoint inside home

Posted at 11:27 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 06:45:47-04

An elderly couple returning home from a night out was forced inside their home and robbed at gunpoint in southeast Baltimore Wednesday night, police said.

It happened to 82-year-old John Sellman and his 70-year-old wife, Rosalie Sellman, in Patterson Park, marking the second time in the same day an elderly person was attacked after a 90-year-old woman was tied-up and beaten inside her home in northwest Baltimore.

Police said the attacker walked up behind them and forced his way into their home in the 100 block of Rochester Place. The couple said they were pushed to the floor to a prone position, and the gunman walked across Mr. Sellman's back on his way to robbing them of their money and credit cards, an old flip-phone.

John Sellman, a gun-enthusiast, told ABC2 he believed he would die and remembered just about every detail of the gun that the gunman waved around the living room.

The suspect left the home and left on a bicycle. He’s described as a heavy-set black male who may be in his early 20s, approximately 6-feet tall, wearing a navy blue sweat shirt and dark pants.

Despite everything that's happened, John and Rosalie still maintain their sense of dignity and humor, but say they want the suspect caught immediately. Neither was seriously injured in the attack.

Even so, the experience has Rosalie Sellman, who was born and raised in the southeast Baltimore area, considering a move.

"It was 4-5 minutes of terror," she said.

While police continue to investigate the attack of the 90-year-old woman, listed at an area hospital in critical but stable condition, a spokesman said they don't believe the two are connected because one happened in the southeast, while the other happened in the northwest.

"We're going to put every effort we can into capturing them, and we hope that the community is just as outraged," said Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith.

Anyone with information is asked to call (410) 396-2422 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.   

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