|Robert "Robbie" Ponsi: Murdered by two black teenagers (with police searching for black suspects) as he rode his bike on a Saturday night in Baltimore|
Robert Ponsi, 29, a server at a restaurant in Harbor East, was stabbed to death on his bicycle during a robbery in Waverly Saturday night, police said.
Officers were called at 9:10 p.m. and found Ponsi stabbed multiple times at Venable Avenue and Old York Road. He was pronounced dead just before 4 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Police have arrested two suspects in the attack: Antwan Eldridge, 17, of Ednor Gardens, and Daquan Middleton, 16, of Berea. Both are charged as adults with murder, armed robbery and assault, police said.
Homicide detectives are looking to identify other suspects. Anyone with information may call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.2 suspects arrested for stabbing death of Robert Ponsi https://t.co/kmW0wVyJ6T pic.twitter.com/yQfIWo7g05— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) January 11, 2016
Ponsi moved to Baltimore five years ago from Leesburg, Fla., where he was raised by his grandparents, his grandfather, Robert Ponsi, 72, said.
Known as "Robbie" to his family, he was the second-eldest of six children, and an athletic, strong-willed young man who had hoped to join the AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps, his grandfather said.
In Baltimore, Ponsi was a server at the James Joyce Pub in Harbor East, where his manager, Brian Myers, remembered him Sunday as a strong-willed, funny, "genuinely good guy."
Liz Cornish, executive director of Bikemore, a Baltimore bicycling advocacy organization, called Ponsi's death "a heartbreaking tragedy."
"BikeMore has been coordinating and working closely with the Baltimore City Police Department to improve safety for bicyclists in that neighborhood for some time, and we will continue to work with police to ensure that the people that target bicyclists are arrested," Cornish said.In reading the life and death of Robbie Ponsi in 65 percent black Baltimore, I'm reminded of the important in re-reading Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, particularly the lesson of History and Moral Philosophy portion of the book.
If Baltimore were 100 percent white, would there even be a need for Bikemore to exist or would free spirits like Robbie Ponsi be free to ride their bikes wherever they please without fear of being stabbed to death on a random Saturday night in the city?