Officer placed on desk duty after robbery complaint


A Baltimore police officer was ordered to desk duty last night after a man complained that the officer beat him, falsely detained him and robbed him of $180, according to a report of the incident.

Officer Maurice J. Price Jr., a 13-year veteran assigned to the Eastern District, also had his police powers suspended pending an internal investigation, officials said.

Larry Darnel Jenkins, 42, who lives in West Baltimore, told his story to a police supervisor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital emergency room, where the sergeant noted the man had a swollen nose and blood on his overcoat.

According to a police report, several officers pulled into an alley near 20th and Castle streets Thursday night and ordered people the ground. Jenkins ran through the alley and was stopped on the other side.

"Mr. Jenkins reports that the police officer punched him in the nose and forced him to his knees," the report says. "While on his knees, the officer emptied his pockets of his wallet, condom, gloves, cap and $180."

Jenkins told police that the officer handcuffed him, drove him to 20th and Wolfe streets and released him, telling him not to return. "Jenkins checked [his pockets] later and he could not find his money," the report says.

Pub Date: 12/14/96

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