Cadillac burned, ex-beau is charged

January 23, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A 53-year-old man was in the Baltimore County jail last night charged with setting his former live-in girlfriend's 1988 Cadillac on fire after she broke up with him and went back to her husband.

It was after midnight yesterday when police surrounded Anthony Rill's home in a north county subdivision in the 17200 block of Hunter Green Road, near Mount Carmel and Falls roads. They thought he had barricaded himself inside. Police and his former girlfriend, Agnes Elizabeth Gordon, 60, of Arden Valley Court in Hereford, already had spent an hour on the phone with him, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger.

For half the night they waited outside the house. About 6:30 a.m., a police tactical unit entered the home and found Mr. Rill asleep in his bed. He was taken to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, evaluated, then arrested on a charge of malicious burning. He was held last night on $1,000 bail.

According to Sergeant Doarnberger, Mrs. Gordon said she had lived with the suspect for three months, beginning in October, but had returned to her husband. Twice Thursday night, the suspect persuaded her to come talk to him as he tried to win her back, the sergeant said. The second time, he took her car keys and told her to walk home.

Mrs. Gordon started the seven-mile trek, but found a phone and called her husband. He picked her up and took her home and she called police, the sergeant said. Through phone conversations, police and Mrs. Gordon talked the suspect into allowing her to return for her Cadillac, which he had threatened to burn, police said.

Officers arrived to find the car burning in the back yard, said Sergeant Doarnberger, and the suspect would not answer the telephone. Police surrounded the house and waited. They made the arrest about an hour before sunrise.

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