Two Arrested For Robbing Towson Busker, Kicking Guitar

Two Baltimore men allegedly tried to kick a street performer off a downtown Towson intersection.

Two Baltimore men have been arrested on robbery and assault charges in a confrontation with a busker in downtown Towson.

According to police, a busker was playing guitar Friday night at the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue and collecting tips from passers-by.

The busker told police that two men approached him shortly after 11 p.m. One told him to get off their corner. The street performer refused. While one man yelled at him, the other snuck behind and tried to steal a bucket holding $4 to $5 in tips. The man struggled over the bucket, which spilled onto the sidewalk. The robbers took most of the money, then one kicked the guitar in the victim's hand.

The busker tried to dial 911, but the same man then kicked the phone out of his hand, breaking it, according to a police report.

Police soon spotted two men matching the victim's description walking southbound on York Road.


Arrested were Tony Lyde, 43, of the 3200 block of McElderry Street in southeast Baltimore, and Reginald Johnny Bonaparte Jr., 32, of the 1600 block of Argonne Drive in Northeast Baltimore. Both were charged with robbery and second-degree assault. Lyde also was charged with destruction of property.

Lyde was initially held on $100,000 bond. It was reduced to $25,000 on Monday. Bonaparte was released Saturday on $100,000 bond.

K Blue June 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM
First, kudos to the police for apprehending the suspects so quickly. Second, I hope the performer is okay. Third, I hope the suspects are found guilty of robbery and given a significant split sentence. Towson residents and businesses (and visitors) cannot afford to have violent or aggressive people claiming turf and attacking them for $5.
Edward V tindel June 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM
looks like the inner city has come to towson http://innerharborviolencenightmaresonlightstreet.renthandy.com i don't know about anyone else but some of four people are embarrassing there race.there is no excuse for this kind of behavior.what good did it do for martin luther king to die,or to elect a black president,when some of our people refuse to act like human beings..its shameful to me
Melody McSweeney June 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I have never heard a guitar player. What I have heard, and must admit, have complained about, is a sax player who plays the same tune over and over again, for hours on weekend nights. While I understand their right to play, they do not seem to understand that I should not have to listen to them when I live on the 24th floor of a nearby highrise. Standing on any street corner today is not safe BUT maybe, just maybe, they need to reevaluate how they are making a living and if it affects people for many blocks around. . .Crime is crime and I'm cetainly not making excuses for this, I am just saying that Towson "ain't what it used to be".
D Schmid June 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I recognize the man on the right in the photos. Sometimes he parks himself on the planter in front of Barnes & Noble in Towson where he asks for money (he doesn't look hungry to me.) I have also seen him harassing the man who works behind the counter at the 7-11 on Chesapeake and York. He's a predator. On another note...I called 911 the other day for a man lying on the grass at 6:00 p.m by the storage facility on Joppa by The Ridgely. Turns out he is one of the people who live behind the old burned out Burger King on Joppa and Virgina. There are several people who live there. Walk along Sheeley Avenue and you'll see them. Can't wait for the economy to improve so I can sell my place and get out of Dodge.
Raveon June 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM
We will get the behavior that we're willing to tolerate. More police. Lock 'em up. Oh, and be sure not to harm their self-esteem.
Mary Bumbaco June 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I agree that we will get the behavior that we tolerate. Until the movie theaters closed, I was afraid to drive down York Road on a weekend night for fear of aggressive behavior (not robbery, or attacks, but stepping in front of the car while glaring at me and my passengers, or a tussle on the sidewalk where someone is pushed into traffic.) I do not support the new town center that is proposed (approved) behind the recher an in the old BK lot. More and more trouble from the number 8 bus and an attitude that it is their corner. So, kick me. I sound racist. The fact is the perps in the busker mugging were black and from the city. The problems outside the AMC theater were black. The race card doesn't work when dealing with facts.
Raveon June 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I'm afraid it does, even though that card is invalid. I'm all for color blindness. Just lock 'em up,
I LOVE Towson June 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I would gladly take repetitive sax playing OVER theft and destruction of property. By no means did the busker deserve that or were those men entitled to his $$$. PATHETIC. Please keep up the good work in Towson, BCPD!
K Blue June 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM
What is frightening about this incident is that one of the defendants was able to post $100,000 bail, but they rob this performer for $5 in tips and self-proclaimed rights to a corner. Thats brazen. This behavior cannot be tolerated any longer if anyone expects Towson Circle III to be successful and attract/retain quality tenants. The local Chamber of Commerce does a fantastic job promoting Towson, but they cannot curtail crime without help. I said it before and I will say it again: there needs to be a visible police presence on the streets in Towson proper to turn back the tide to a lower level. If there are not enough officers, the administration needs to find the money to hire some or nix some more administrative positions in the police department or reassign. The County Executive can start by cutting back on the technology budget until the problem decreases. Last time I checked, it was around $30 million. Also, the Revenue Authority should lend a financial hand and use some of its $64 million in assets and personnel to increase security in public places. There are more important things at stake than golf courses.
Needaname June 19, 2012 at 06:25 PM
What a bunch of losers. They should be ashamed of themselves if they come back to Towson.
I LOVE Towson June 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I'm with you. It's also shocking to me that this same defendant can be seen most days of the week panhandling or sitting on a wall in front of the old Towson Community Bank or in front of Barnes and Noble -- FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS!!!! Scary!
JAKE KAPLAN June 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM
It is sad that this happened for no reason. I have met the young guitar player. He is a nice kid and he deserved better. Kudos to the Towson men in blue for catching the perps. There are too many people hanging around York road doing nothing but looking for trouble. Towson needs a police presence all the time if you want it to grow and people to move there. Jake
Escariot June 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
We should all sign a petition to remove the number 8 busline. It is obvious that these two clowns get back and forth using it. Those waiting for the number 8 now think that they own towson and have a right to be ignorant to all those that passby.
Cheryl Leach-Harazin June 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I have been in & around Towson "Proper" my entire life, & it has changed & not for the better. Stories I hear from mine & other teenagers, it's worse than I had even thought, & that several of there friends have been robbed, harassed, pushed & beaten up. That there is a division & conflicts arising from area people & people coming up on the bus from the city. I personally have been followed towards my car, B4 I made such a racket that they ran off, fortunately others were in the area leaving other business'. With the new "Towson III" Center coming especially, but also with the businesses that have always been there, I would really like to be able to go back to Towson without FEAR. I wouldn't even consider walking by myself there anymore as I used to from age 15 to 30+. Towson could do with the more personal "Beat Officers" an effectual/interfacing of police tactics could do much to improve Towson. They knew the People, Streets & Alleys. Who should & more importantly who shouldn't be hanging around. They knew the Proprietor's, Regular's, Home/Condo Owner's, Busker's, etc... & You knew them, it was more personal & informative for both the Police & the People they serve & protect. There's more of a sense of community with Policing in that manner, when you knew them by name & vice versa. I believe strongly that our Towson Police are doing there best & that it's an excellent precinct house. Does anyone agree?
D Schmid August 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
HE'S BACK!!! I was walking my dog on York Road near Towson University and was stunned to see TONY LYLE of SE Baltimore, one of the violent thugs who robbed and broke the hand of the guitar player, sitting on a bus stop by Burke and York. I use to see him either sitting there or on the bench by Barnes & Nobel. He wasn't waiting for a bus, what he does is ask for money and God knows what else. The guy is well dressed and certainly doesn't look like he's starving. He may be mentally ill. Remember his face from the photo above. We'll likely hear about him in the future.


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