2 city officers face criminal charges

The Baltimore Sun

Two city police officers, including a member of the police commissioner's security detail, face criminal charges in unrelated incidents.

Officer Robert Snead, a member of Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III's security detail since July, faces handgun and other charges stemming from a confrontation with the husband of his former girlfriend.

Another officer, Lakisha Davis, a six year veteran, has been charged with going on an $8,000 spending spree using a debit card that had been erroneously issued.

Both officers have been placed on administrative duties with pay pending the outcome of the cases, said department spokesman, Sterling Clifford.

Snead, a 13 year veteran, has been charged with handgun offenses, second-degree assault, and disturbing the peace in connection with a Feb. 17 incident.

He drove to the Harford County home of his ex-girlfriend and honked his horn outside the house about 9:30 a.m., then drove away, but returned about noon, according to court papers. At that point, he got into an argument with Monti Arrington, the husband of his ex-girlfriend and pulled a handgun, according to court papers.

The documents say the officer never pointed the gun at Arrington and do not say what the argument was about.

A city officer familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Snead has denied pulling out his gun or honking his horn. Court documents say Snead pulled his gun from a waist holster, but the officer said Snead always carries his gun at his ankle.

In the other incident, Davis was charged in January with activating a debit card that Wachovia Bank had mistakenly issued to her. She made charges worth $8,016.77, according to court papers.

Davis, who is charged with felony theft, is suspected of using the card 29 times over 3 1/2 weeks last fall to purchase tickets a Jay-Z concert, about $1,600 worth of clothes from Nordstrom, Top Notch Boutique, Metropark USA and other clothing stores, a $838 couch from Value City and $346 worth of furniture from IKEA, according to court papers.

She also withdrew money from automated teller machines 11 times, taking $400 in cash each time, according to charging documents.

Davis declined to comment yesterday.

When Baltimore County detectives confronted her in early January, Davis told them that she knew the debit card had been misused, according to court papers.

"She stated that after she received the card, she asked several of her friends what to do and she finally decided to activate the card," court papers say.

Davis told detectives that ebit card became inactive and that she threw it away but noted that Wachovia bank mailed her a second debit card, which she said she did not use, according to court papers. Davis also apologized in writing, the papers say.

Clifford said 36 city police officers are facing criminal charges. Of those, 34 are assigned to administrative duties with pay and two are suspended without pay. He was unable release their names last night but said it is not unusual for 20 to 40 officers to be facing criminal charges at a given time.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Madison Park contributed to this article.

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