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Police Charge Baltimore Man in West Towson Shooting

Bradford Steven Holup has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

(Updated 1:54 p.m.)—Police said they have charged a Northeast Baltimore man with attempted murder after a West Towson homeowner was early Sunday.

Bradford Steven Holup, 49, of the 4000 block of Corse Avenue is also charged with first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said in a statement.

Police responded to a home in the 500 block of Allegheny Ave. at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The victim, a 65-year-old man, told police he came home to find a burglar in his house.

The victim told police that the burglar made him walk into his basement, then the burglar shot him in the neck while he was on the stairwell. The intruder fled, and the victim was able to reach a phone to call police.

Around 4 a.m., police said, an officer saw a Chevy Lumina pulled over near the intersection of Bosley and Chesapeake avenues and saw a man running towards it who matched the description of the suspect.

Police said they pulled over the vehicle and found some of the victim's property in it.

Police said they are not yet certain what was taken from the victim's home. Police said Holup also tried to steal the victim's car, but could not because it was equipped with an anti-theft device.

Police said they do not believe the victim was targeted. Police are investigating whether Holup may be connected to other area burglaries.

The resident was taken to an unspecified local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and police say he is expected to recover.

Holup's name appears in online court records with assault, robbery and other charges from the 1980s and 1990s in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. He was most recently convicted in 1996 on robbery charges, to which he pled guilty.

Bryan P. Sears contributed to this report.

David Cohen February 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
So basically the system failed this victim as the repeat offender was allowed to walk the streets.
DB February 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Exactly right, this POS is a burden and menace to society and should be locked away forever or sent to Annapolis as another spend and tax politician where he can be paid for stealing others property and money.
Harry Callahan February 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
What does it take to keep scum like this off of the street? If you check out his case history on the MD. Judiciary Case Search on the internet we see that this guy was charged not once but twice with carrying a concealed weapon and in both cases the charges were listed as Nolle Prosequi (which means that the powers that be simply decided to not procede with the charges.) Now I'm not a lawyer but I would like to know how, when this guy was arrested by the police and found to be in possession of a firearm while not having a permit to carry a concealed weapon and yet he was not prosecuted for this offense!!!!!!!!!! That trial should have lasted, I would guess, less than 90 seconds. Here is the transcript: Officer: "When I arrested Mr. Scumbag I conducted a legal search (patdown) and discovered that he was carrying a concealed weapon." Prosecution: "No further questions." Desfense attorney: "Did you check to see if the defendant has a CCW permit?" Officer: "Yes. He does not have a CCW permit." Judge: "Guilty. Mandatory sentence: 5 years. Next case."
Bill February 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I was so glad when I saw his picture. I was really afraid that if the crime was committed by certain kinds of persons usually associated with these crimes, there would have been a very hateful response. But thankfully it was just a poor guy, not a rich bond analyst or mortgage banker. Though those guys (and let's face it, they are usually guys) tend to prefer bigger scores. And their ability to evade arrest is much stronger.
7 February 28, 2012 at 01:36 AM
The victim was a friend . Given this convicts past is should rot in prison and. Get to know his inmates really well in a manor of speaking..
T February 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Glad all those gun control laws are working for us honest and tax paying citizens. Scum like this will still conceal carry and own a gun illegally despite how many laws there are. MD is such a nanny state. I bet less of this would happen if the criminals out there knew that more lawful citizens were packing.

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