Tue. Jun 18th, 2019

Police: Security Guard Posed As Officer In Alleged Rape That Led To Search Of Patrol Cars

RadioOnFire.com - After a woman alleged she was raped by someone who may have been impersonating a police officer, Baltimore police combed more than 100 patrol cars. On Tuesday, they arrested a hospital security guard.

Richard Steven Barnes, 50, of the 3000 block of East Northern Parkway is a contract security guard at the University of Maryland Medical Center and was in uniform at the time of the alleged rape on June 1, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. Barnes is now charged with rape, assault and impersonating a police officer.

Police reviewed closed-circuit television and private surveillance video, leading them to determine the suspect vehicle was not a patrol car, but a dark-colored sedan. They cross-referenced video with records from police devices including license plate readers and reviewed more than 300 body-worn cameras and more than 600 activity logs to rule out any of their own officers.

"We just want to find the truth, and we are certainly relieved it is not one of our own police officers," Harrison said.

Harrison said Barnes lured the victim into his car in the 2700 block of North Lovegrove Street, and then drove to another location, where he raped her.

Barnes' case, including his bail status, wasn't immediately available in online court records.


Source WBAL
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