Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:26 PM
Published on: Thursday, December 12, 2013
By Jim Davis, Special to The Sentinel
A Suitland man will be spending the next 25 years in prison for assaulting and robbing an 84-year-old Prince George’s County woman in her home last year.
On February 2, 2012, just before 3;30 p.m, patrol officers responded to the 4400 block of Arnold Road in Suitland for a reported burglary. When officers arrived, they found an 84 year-old woman with multiple injuries sustained during a robbery at her home.
According to police officials, Rodney William Blanton of the 3900 block of Suitland Road in Suitland knocked on the victim’s door pretending to be a neighbor. When she opened the door, he forced his way in and pushed her to the floor. The victim bit Blanton’s hand as he stuffed a scarf in her mouth. After taking money from the woman, the suspect jumped over a balcony to get away
The 84-year-old victim lay on the floor for more than 24 hours until passers-by in her hallway heard a faint call for help and noticed her door slightly ajar. Police recovered Blanton’s blood at the scene and took him into custody almost a month later.
On Dec. 9, in a Prince George County Circuit court room Circuit Judge Michael P. Whalen sentenced Blanton to 25 years in prison for assaulting and robbing the 84-year-old woman, and added 10 years for first degree burglary.
“Protecting our seniors has always been a top priority for me,” Angela Alsobrooks Prince George’s County State ‘s Attorney said. “I am pleased that Mr. Blanton has accepted responsibility for his actions and will no longer be able to prey on our citizens.”