Arrest of Bulgarian man leaves Baltimore County police a bit baffled

September 03, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A 26-year-old Bulgarian arrested Monday has given Baltimore County police several questions to ponder.

When did he arrive in the U.S.?

How did he get from his home in Fells Point to the Loch Raven Reservoir?

What happened to his clothes?

Why is he so combative?

The man, identified as Roumen Nikolov Dimitrov, a resident Lemko House in the 600 block of S. Ann St. in Fells Point, was arrested on charges of running around without his clothes on, of damaging cars and of assaulting people at the Loch Raven Reservoir. In the legal vernacular, Mr. Dimitrov is charged with indecent exposure, destruction of property, resisting arrest and assault, respectively.

He also has been charged with assaulting a county policeman detailed to guard his room at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was admitted for evaluation.

Police said they apprehended Mr. Dimitrov after he was seen running nude among cars traveling on Dulaney Valley Road near Jarrettsville Pike. They say he also laid down in the road, making it difficult for cars to pass by without hitting him.

At the reservoir, the man assaulted several police officers and at least one motorist, police said.

Since Monday, Mr. Dimitrov has been confined at the hospital without bail until authorities decide what to do with him.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, Officer Steven Lowman was in the man's hospital room when Mr. Dimitrov, who was restrained by handcuffs and leg shackles, suddenly became violent.

When Officer Lowman tried to calm the man down, he was struck several times and shoved against a wall.

Shortly after Mr. Dimitrov's arrest Monday, a resident of Lemko House recognized the man's picture on television and called police.

Police said the resident was able to identify the man but not much more.

County police have notified U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials about Mr. Dimitrov.

"We're hoping the INS can figure out what to do with him before he hurts more police officers," said a county policeman.

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