BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A Baltimore city police sergeant assigned to the homicide unit was arrested Thursday in Baltimore County on charges of extortion and kidnapping after an alleged dispute involving home improvement work, according to police.
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said there are three other Baltimore homicide detectives allegedly involved in the incident.
Baltimore County Police detectives obtained and issued an arrest warrant for James Lloyd, 45, of the 2000 block of Emmanuel Court.
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Baltimore County Police said they received information about a dispute related to a home improvement job.
Lloyd, who hired the victim, was dissatisfied with the job and allegedly approached them and demanded a refund, according to police.
During the dispute, Lloyd identified himself as an officer, police said.
At one point, he allegedly forced the victim to get into his car with him and go to a bank to obtain a certified check for an agreed amount of refund, according to police.
The victim told police that she was afraid of being arrested and complied with Lloyd’s demands.
Lloyd has been suspended without pay, Commissioner Harrison said.
Mayor Jack Young released the following statement in a press release Thursday about the alleged incident.
“I am completely sickened and horrified by the allegations against members of the Baltimore Police Department. I have spoken to Commissioner Harrison and fully agree with the actions he has taken to address those involved. Any complaint of illegal acts committed by a member of the department will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We have a police force full of men and women who take seriously their oath to protect and serve. We will not defend any member who violates this sacred promise or the public’s trust. “
City Council President Brandon Scott also released a statement:
“The alleged behavior described in this incident is exactly what erodes trust in the Baltimore Police Department, and highlights exactly why we must be fully committed to systemic reform.” The type of abuse of power reported also undermines our police department’s ability to solve homicides in a city that is still plagued by violence. I am grateful to Baltimore County for their response and to the Commissioner for taking prompt action. I look forward to the results of the criminal and internal investigations so that everyone involved can be held fully responsible. “
Lloyd is currently in custody awaiting a bond hearing. Baltimore City Police Internal Affairs is also conducting an administrative investigation into the matter.
If Lloyd is convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison on the kidnapping charge alone.
According to the documents, Lloyd was one of the top detectives who investigated the death of Detective Sean Suiter in 2017.
The three detectives also had their police powers suspended and administrative duties assigned, pending an internal investigation.