Police arrest Elkton man in attempted robbery
ELKTON — An Elkton man was arrested Wednesday night after he attempted to rob a home in the Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood but was successfully fought off by his would-be victim, according to the Elkton Police Department.
Reginald Belton, 40, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, burglary and attempted rob- bery. As of Thursday after noon, Belton was being held in the Cecil County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.
The victim was asleep in his house in the 200 block of Hollingsworth Manor at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when someone began knocking on the front door. The victim opened the front door — but left the screen door closed — and saw the suspect known to him as Belton. Belton asked for money and when the victim refused to give him any, Belton became angry and began yelling at the victim, police reported.
“Belton’s anger escalated and he grabbed the screen door pulling it open and entered the residence, un- invited, and began to attack the victim. As the suspect was attacking the victim, the suspect was demanding money,” EPD reported.
Fearing for his safety and that of others in the house, the victim began to force Belton out of the residence, which caused a fight to ensue. The victim was eventually able to force Belton out of the house and into the front yard. As the two fought, a third person intervened and yelled at Belton to stop. This interruption allowed the victim to dis- engage from the fight and caused Belton to leave the property, police reported.
When police arrived shortly after, they found Belton standing in the road near the victim’s house and subsequently arrested him, police reported.