Po­lice ar­rest Elk­ton man in at­tempted rob­bery

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

BEL­TON

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