BALTIMORE: Suspect arrested for a brutal brick attack that fractured the skull of Baltimore Sun editor

After a violent attack and robbery last week of a Baltimore Sun editor, Jon Fogg, in what is considered one of the city’s safest neighborhoods, Canton, Mustafa Eraibi has been arrested. It is assumed, but not yet confirmed, that the attacker is a Muslim* because of his name (See below).

*Mustafa is the primary transliteration of the Arabic given name, Arabic: مصطفى‎, Muṣṭafā. The name is an epithet of Muhammad that means, The Chosen One. It is a very common male given name, throughout the Muslim world.

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ABC2 News (h/t Grant B) Baltimore police say the incident happened in the 3400 block of Foster Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. While walking home, the victim realized he forgot his cell phone in his car. Police said a man on a bike approached the victim and asked for cigarettes. But victim told the suspect that he didn’t smoke, police said. 

The suspect then insinuated that he had a gun, forcing the victim to hand over his wallet. The suspect then took the man’s car keys and a bag, which contained a laptop. The suspect then struck the man in the head with a large brick before stealing the man’s car.

ABC2 News  Police announced Friday afternoon during a news conference that Mustafa Eraibi, 29, of the 5000 block of Truesdale Ave. was arrested and charged in the robbery and attack of Jon Fogg, who was beaten with a brick during the incident. Police say Eraibi has a lengthy criminal history. He could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Eraibi was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault, robbery, theft and handgun violations in connection with the crime.

Investigators say they were able to identify the suspect after he was caught on surveillance camera using the victim’s credit card.
Investigators say they were able to identify the suspect after he was caught on surveillance camera using the victim’s credit card.

Police said Fogg was walking around 2 a.m. Jan. 14 in the 3400 block of Foster Avenue when he was allegedly attacked by Eraibi. Fogg’s car, wallet and laptop were stolen in the attack. Fogg suffered serious injuries in the attack, including skull fractures, broken bones and losing many teeth.

Fogg’s family has also been grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. The family established a Go Fund Me website, and have raised around $24,000 to help offset medical and other related expenses in Fogg’s recovery.