Residents in the Johnson Heights neighborhood of Cumberland have been jittery in recent days because of several home invasions in that area. The arrest of a city man on Thursday in connection with the incidents should allay some of the fear.
The 35-year-old Cumberland man was charged in connection with three home invasions as well as an alleged robbery Monday afternoon.
Police said the robbery occurred when the suspect approached another man at a downtown business and asked for a ride to Hilltop Drive and Louisiana Avenue. When the two reached that destination, the suspect allegedly grabbed a bag of prescription medicine inside the vehicle and attempted to flee. Although he was punched in the face by the victim, the suspect managed to flee with one of the bottles of pills.
Ultimately C3I used a surveillance camera inside the downtown business to identify a suspect, who was located in Mineral County by West Virginia police. He is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, W.Va.
Home invasions and daytime robberies are especially frightening and are representative of a bold thief. In one of the home invasions, an elderly woman received minor injuries when, in striking out at the victim, she was cut by a knife he was wielding. Who knows what other harm would have eventually occurred to other victims — or the suspect — had good police work not prevailed.
The suspect will have his day in court. If police have the right man, our hope is that the judicial system will mete out the maximum punishment allowed under the law.