911 caller led police to Arundel executive's car

The Baltimore Sun

Police are expected to release today a recording of a 911 call in which a man reports seeing sexual activity in the parking lot of an Annapolis mall in a car later found to be Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's vehicle, but no charges were brought, a spokesman for the county executive said.

Officers, who responded to the call within minutes, "determined the call to be unfounded," spokesman David Abrams said last night. Leopold was in the county-issued car when police arrived, the spokesman said.

Abrams said that he listened to the 911 tape yesterday and discussed it with police. The Baltimore Sun requested a recording of the call yesterday, but police did not provide it. The anonymous caller told a dispatcher that he saw sexual acts taking place in a black Chevrolet, and the dispatcher guided police to a car with the county executive's tags about 5:45 p.m. Jan. 30, Abrams said. Abrams said that he did not know what Leopold was doing when police were called and that he did not know whether another person was in the car.

"He's always in his car," Abrams said. "He sits in his car and talks on the phone and takes notes and does work." The county executive could not be reached for comment last night.

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