Man facing 232 years for brutal home invasion

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 18:33:37-04

A Baltimore man is facing up to 232 years in prison for a brutal home invasion in 2014.

A jury found David Perkins, 30, guilty of multiple counts of assault, robbery with a dangerous weapon, burglary and several other charges.

Officials said on August 14, 2016 Perkins and another man—Pierre Simms—forced their way into a home in the 2400 block of E. Fayette Street where they bound and gagged seven family members, most of them children. The suspects armed with a handgun and a knife, terrorized the family for approximately two hours as they ransacked the home.

In the course of the incident the suspects held a handgun to the head of a 9-year-old boy, and assaulted the mother who was 8 ½ months pregnant at the time, by dragging her up and down the stairs by her hair.  Prior to the Sims and Perkins  fleeing the home, they told the family that if they contacted police they would return and kill them all starting with the youngest child first.

"This was an act of violence committed by cowards," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "To subject a pregnant woman and children to such violence is unfathomable. My office will continue to ensure that violent offenders face the maximum penalty allowed by the court."

Baltimore police tracked down Simms shortly after the assault by tracking a victim’s stolen cell phone.
Perkins was arrested later after police identified his fingerprints on money canisters stolen from the home. Family members also identified him from a photo array.

Simms pled guilty and will be sentenced to 30 years, with all but 12 years suspended with the first 5 of those years to be served without the possibility of parole. Perkins will be sentenced August 16, 2016