Man claiming police abuse to talk with investigators Montgomery police reviewing complaint

October 12, 1990|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A Crofton man alleging that two county police officers kidnapped and brutalized him while demanding information about his brother is scheduled to meet with Montgomery County police investigators this morning.

Michael Rogers, 21, and attorney Gordon Brumback will be meeting with Montgomery County police investigators in the Bethesda District Station on Wisconsin Avenue at 9 a.m., Brumback said.

"I am assuming they will be asking for a written statement from Michael," Brumback said yesterday. "They have interviewed other witnesses, but I don't know the contents of those statements."

Rogers filed a complaint in Montgomery County District Court last month alleging that Anne Arundel detectives Earl Fowlkes and Brian Sappington kidnapped him Sept. 21 from a High's store on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington, held him for an hour and threatened him by holding a gun to his head.

Montgomery County police volunteered to investigate the complaint.

Rogers' brother, Harold Rogers, 24, is wanted by Anne Arundel County police on charges of assaulting a police officer in August.

During that incident, police say, Officer Janice Schwartz was taking Harold Rogers from the District Court Commissioner to the County Detention Center, where he was to await trial on a theft charge.

Police say Schwartz felt sorry for the man when he complained that he was sore from being handcuffed with his hands behind his back all day. She moved the handcuffs to the front and allowed him to sit in the front seat.

While they were stopped at a traffic light on Ridgely Avenue in Annapolis, Harold Rogers punched Schwartz, smashed her head against the window and took her gun, police charge.

According to police, Rogers then forced Schwartz to drive to Route 3 in Crofton, where he met his wife and escaped with her in the officer's car. The car and her gun were found later.

Harold Rogers is still missing and warrants charging him with assault with intent to murder, robbery and kidnapping have been issued.

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