A Baltimore County police officer was charged with burglary and assault after an incident Monday with a neighbor in Edgemere, the police department announced.
Frank Wilcox, 35, was arrested and suspended without pay after he forced his way into the neighbor’s home in the 7400 block of Blevins Ave. about 1 a.m. and shoved him during an argument “over a domestic issue" with the neighbor, according to police.
Wilcox, a 17-year veteran of the county police force who is assigned to the White Marsh Precinct, called the male homeowner on the phone after midnight, yelled at him and said “I’m going to kill you!” the neighbor told police, according to charging documents.
The neighbor’s wife had been unable to sleep after the phone call and went downstairs, where she saw Wilcox’s vehicle drive past the house and go to to his home nearby, where he had not been staying because he was separated from his wife, she told police, according to charging documents.
Wilcox later came to the neighbors’ house, yelled again from the front yard and forced his way through the front door after the man came downstairs to speak with him, the documents said.
After the neighbor and his wife asked Wilcox several times to leave, the officer pushed the man “so hard he fell onto the floor”, the charging documents said.
Wilcox was removed from the house before officers arrived by another man and woman, whom he identified to the neighbors as his uncle and aunt, the documents said. He later turned himself in to police, declining to speak to detectives.
A peace order has been filed prohibiting Wilcox from any contact with the victim, and he is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections. It’s unclear whether he has hired an attorney.
A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Wilcox declined to comment Tuesday. He declined to identify himself.
“The officers of the Baltimore County Police Department are obligated to not only enforce the law but to uphold the law in both their professional and personal lives," said Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a police department spokesman. “The allegations that have been made in this case are serious and very concerning, they are not representative of the values and ethics of the many officers and professional staff of the Baltimore County Police Department who dedicate their lives to ensuring the safety of others.”