A Baltimore police sergeant kidnapped a house contractor — then threatened to take the person “in the woods” — in a dispute over his botched patio, police stated.
James Lloyd, 45, was arrested Thursday on kidnapping and extortion expenses after the sufferer advised Baltimore County detectives he was pressured to go to a financial institution and refund the 21-year division veteran for the mission, Baltimore County police stated.
“Through the dispute, the suspect recognized himself as a police officer,” police stated in an announcement. “The sufferer acknowledged he was in concern of being arrested and complied with Lloyd’s calls for.”
The sergeant was sad with the patio after some stones had come aside and Lloyd’s vital different wished it to be a lot bigger, prompting the contractor to ask for an additional $1,400, in keeping with charging paperwork obtained by the Baltimore Solar.
“You’re going to give me my a reimbursement, and I’m going to offer you freedom,” Lloyd advised the contractor.
Lloyd, who has been suspended with out pay, went to the contractor’s dwelling on June 25 and demanded the refund whereas saying he may arrest the person as a result of his driver’s license was suspended, police stated.
Lloyd made the contractor get into his automobile and go to a financial institution to get a licensed verify for $3,500 — half of the unique quote for a patio on the officer’s dwelling, charging paperwork allege.
The contractor advised Lloyd he didn’t need any issues over the dispute, prompting the officer to allegedly reply, “Drawback can be if I take you in the woods,” police stated.
Three different murder unit detectives had been additionally concerned in the alleged confrontation, together with one who’s accused of becoming a member of Lloyd as he made his demand. Two others then entered the sufferer’s again yard with their badges and handguns displayed, charging paperwork allege.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Younger stated in an announcement he was “completely sickened and appalled” by the allegations going through the 4 cops.
“These three detectives have had their police powers suspended and are assigned to administrative duties, pending an inner investigation,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison stated Thursday. “The division has opened an inner investigation into their potential misconduct.”
Division officers stated a preliminary assessment signifies that Lloyd and three detectives — recognized in courtroom docs as Juan Diaz, Manuel Larbi and Troy Taylor — had been all on obligation on the time, the Baltimore Solar reported.
An lawyer for Lloyd, who has been ordered held with out bail, downplayed the allegations outdoors courtroom Friday.
“This was a contractual dispute that concerned completely no criminality on behalf of my shopper,” lawyer Matthew Fraling advised CBS Baltimore.
If convicted, Lloyd reportedly faces as much as 30 years in jail.