A “home invasion” in the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish community that ended in the stabbing of the home’s owner has many local residents on edge. While the victim’s condition is stable, the incident was the latest in a steadily increasing crime streak that has been creeping into what has been one of the city’s safest neighborhoods.
“Baltimore is a very crime-ridden city and we had the safest area, so there is less police presence. It seems criminals have figured out that the response time is slower here and are taking advantage of that,” Nathan Wilner of Baltimore Shomrim told Hamodia.
The victim, Max Liskovich, was confronted by the intruder in his home in the Cheswolde neighborhood at approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. After stabbing him, the perpetrator fled and is still at large. Police sent a message to Shomrim mentioning two other burglaries that seem to follow a similar pattern.
Mr. Liskovich underwent surgery and remains hospitalized, but, b’chasdei Shamayim, according to reports his wounds are not life-threatening.
Last week, five people were mugged at knife-point, a further sign of the uptick. Isaac Schleifer, a candidate for city council, has made increased police patrols a focus of his campaign.
“We are working to get a larger police presence in the area,” said Mr. Wilner. “We hope this is not the new normal, but people have been used to living in a safe neighborhood, it is not so easy for them to get used to having to lock doors and set alarms.”