Man Killed in Early Morning Robbery on Lawrence St. in Locust Point

| November 14, 2017 | 1 Comments

Update: A warrant has been issued. Follow here

An early morning homicide occurred in Locust Point along the border of the Riverside neighborhood. From Baltimore Police Department (BPD):

Southern District Homicide Investigation

On November 14, 2017 at approximately 1:15 a.m., officers responded to the rear of the Royal Farms Store, located in the 400 block of Lawrence Street, for a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located a 41 year-old male who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. That victim was transported to Shock Trauma where, despite doctor’s efforts, the victim died from his injuries.

Homicide detectives are investigating this murder. Preliminary investigation revealed the victim was inside the Royal Farms Store, purchasing miscellaneous items. The victim walked out of the store and was shot shortly thereafter.

Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443) 902-4824.

From BPD Commissioner Kevin Davis (via the The Baltimore Sun):

“Our shooter, who we believe was also a customer, was accompanied by two other people,” Davis said at the scene. “They followed the victim around the side of the Royal Farms. He announced a robbery, displayed a firearm. The victim resisted the robbery, and the shooter shot and killed our victim.”

Commissioner Davis also noted in the article that BPD is working with adjacent Anthem House to gather surveillance, and is hoping to release video footage by noon. Royal Farms also said in a statement that it is cooperating with BPD in the investigation and that it offers its “sincere condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

Update: BPD has released the following video with surveillance footage of “persons if interest.” They are described as “an African American female wearing a pink shirt, and an African American male wearing an orange hoodie, dark pants, and glasses.”

The persons of interest were observed leaving the scene in a silver or grey four-door Chevy sedan according to T.J. Smith, Chief Spokesman for BPD. He also said it is believed that an additional male was involved in this incident. Smith said that one person fired the gun, but BPD believes that more than one person approached the victim. The female in the video is believed to be the driver of the car that drove the vehicle away from the scene.

The victim, Alexander Wroblewski, worked at The Rowhouse Grille, which said the following on Facebook:

The Rowhouse family is heartbroken after the loss of our dear friend Alex “Albo” Wroblewski. Albo was beloved here, and all through South Baltimore and for great reason. We love and will miss you, dear friend.

Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Locust Point, where Wroblewski’s father Alex was a teacher, posted the following on Facebook from Principal Corey Basmajian:

As the principal of Francis Scott Key, I am saddened by the loss of Alex Wroblewski Jr. His father, Alex Wroblewski Sr, dedicated his life to City Schools and spent many years as an educator at Francis Scott Key. I had the pleasure to teach next door to Alex Sr. for a couple years and we grew to be friends. He always spoke fondly of his son and did everything he could to put him in the best position to succeed. My heart goes out to Alex Sr, and his loving wife Mary Kay. No parent should ever have to go through the loss of their children. My prayers to the South Baltimore community that mourn the loss of one of their own.

South Baltimore Little League posted this on Facebook:

Our deepest heartfelt condolences go to the family of Alex Wroblewski. Alex, a former coach and a member of the community, lost his life in a senseless act of violence early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the family, friends, co-workers, and community as they struggle to deal with this tragedy.

LFC Baltimore Reds, a Baltimore-based Liverpool Football Club supporters group, posted the following on Facebook:

It is a with a heavy heart that we report one of our own, Alex Wroblewski, was taken from us early this morning in a senseless act of violence.
He went to Anfield to watch the Reds play Man U in 2015 and managed to tell the entire away supporters stand exactly where they could shove it. He may not have been born there, but he was a proper Scouser.  For those of you that were fortunate enough to know him, you know that the world became a less passionate and less vocal place. Wherever you are now, Alex, there are Reds there and you will never walk alone.

Wroblewski was remembered fondly by many on the neighborhood Facebook pages.

A vigil for Wroblewski will be held this Saturday, November 18th at 6 pm Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School.

This is the second homicide on the South Baltimore Peninsula in 2017; the other occurred on the 100 block of W. Hamburg St. in Sharp-Leadenhall on March 11th. BPD is also investigating the July 25th death of a man who was assaulted on the unit block of E. Cross St. in Federal Hill.

The South Baltimore Peninsula had no homicides in 2016 or 2015. This is the first homicide in Locust Point since 2010.

Homicides on the South Baltimore Peninsula since 2007:

  • SBNA had one in 2014
  • Sharp-Leadenhall had one each year in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017
  • Federal Hill had two in 2008
  • Locust Point had one in 2010

Last week more than 250 area residents attended the South Baltimore/Riverside Public Safety Walk with Commissioner Davis. Interest in the event was high following four robberies on Halloween night involving eight victims.

This article has been updated

A memorial for Alexander Wroblewski on Lawrence St. 


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