Rep. Elijah E. Cummings confronted and yelled at an intruder attempting to break into his Baltimore residence last week, causing the man to flee on a bicycle, an incident that President Donald Trump incorrectly tweeted about in a disparaging manner.
A report from the Baltimore Police Department debunked Trump’s claim that the Maryland Democrat’s house had been robbed. The report noted that no property was stolen.
“Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Too bad!”
According to the report, on the morning of July 27, an unknown black male in his early 40s, wearing a black fitted hat with a red upside-down U shape on the front, entered Cummings’ property through the front door at around 3:40 a.m. The three-floor residential apartment building has a foyer entrance with two exterior doors, the first of which leads into the foyer and is kept open and unlocked. The second door is inside the foyer and separates it from the first floor of the building and is locked, but has no alarm. There is another door inside the hallway of the first floor, which separates the hallway from the apartment residence and is equipped with an alarm.
Cummings and his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, occupy the first two floors of the building. They were notified through a smart phone application when the security system went off, the report stated. The congressman confronted the intruder, described as 5’8” and around 170 pounds, who then fled the scene in the 2000 block of Madison on a dark-colored bicycle.
“I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house,” Cummings said in an emailed statement. “I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.”
Baltimore police spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy said the department is not currently working with the U.S. Capitol Police or any other federal law enforcement agencies on the matter. Fennoy said no arrests have been made yet.
Trump has slammed Cummings and the city of Baltimore in a flurry of tweets over the past week, taking barbs at the level of crime in the city.
“So sad that Elijah Cummings has been able to do so little for the people of Baltimore. Statistically, Baltimore ranks last in almost every major category,” the president tweeted on July 27. “Cummings has done nothing but milk Baltimore dry, but the public is getting wise to the bad job that he is doing!”
Cummings’ 7th District includes downtown and West Baltimore.
Trump has also criticized the congressman in his capacity as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, particularly when the panel voted on party lines to subpoena work communications by White House aides using personal email and cellphone. If the subpoena succeeds, Cummings would get access to correspondence sent by presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both of whom work in the West Wing.
John T. Bennett contributed to this report.