Annapolis man arrested with handgun days after he was sentenced on federal charges

Phil Davis
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Annapolis police arrested a man Thursday they say was illegally carrying a handgun along with stolen jewelry and property, only days after he pleaded guilty to carrying an illegal firearm near a Glen Burnie school.

Police said officers responded to a call of a man looking into vehicles and pulling on their door handles about at 10:55 p.m. in the 1400 block of Catlyn Place in the Heritage neighborhood.

Police said they found Jose Ojeda-Urban, 21, of Annapolis, sitting inside a vehicle with the driver’s side door open.

When an officer stopped to speak with him, police said he dropped a plastic grocery bag and ran away.

Officers stopped him in the 400 block of South Cherry Grove Avenue a short time later. While placing him in handcuffs, police said they found a handgun tucked in the front of his pants.

Police said Ojeda-Urban was found with several keys, jewelry and money in his front pockets. In addition, police said the grocery bag had items stolen from two residences in the area.

He faces 12 misdemeanor weapons, theft and vagabond charges and is currently being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bail.

Ojeda-Urban’s arrest comes only days after he was sentenced in U.S. District Court to time served on federal charge of carrying a gun near a school.

He had faced charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a firearm in a school zone in U.S. District Court in Baltimore as police said he was found on Jan. 31, 2017, carrying a revolver within 1,000 feet of Freetown Elementary School in Glen Burnie.

In a statement of facts that was part of a plea agreement reached with Ojeda-Urban, the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote a person called Anne Arundel police for a report of several men tampering with a vehicle at 7857 Americana Circle in Glen Burnie.

Ojeda-Urban was found lying on top of a Ford Escape as three other men were standing on the driver’s side of the vehicle and ran from police, prosecutors wrote. They said the officer caught up to him and saw a small revolver fall to the ground as he forced him to the ground.

In the original indictment, Ojeda-Urban was also alleged to be “an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States,” but the charge was dropped.

Ojeda-Urban was sentenced June 1 by U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III to time served, meaning the time he spent in prison awaiting trial would serve as his punishment.

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