Rep. Elijah Cummings says he frightened an intruder at his home in Baltimore last weekend, providing details for the first time after President Donald Trump tweeted about the break-in.
In a statement Friday, the Maryland Democrat said someone “attempted to gain entry into my residence at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 27.”
“I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house,” Cummings said. “I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.”
President Trump tweeted on Friday morning, “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”
Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Cummings, according to public records, has an apartment in the Druid Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.
The incident was first reported on Thursday, coming amid the feud between Cummings and President Trump over the conditions and crime rates in Baltimore.
The break-in came hours before Trump commented Cummings’ district a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
“If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” Trump tweeted
Baltimore police said it was unknown whether property was taken. Detectives were seeking information on the incident.
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) August 1, 2019
Includes reporting from The Associated Press