Police sergeant is subject of internal investigation after weekend incident Department cites 'inconsistencies'

January 27, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A city police sergeant who reported being stabbed and robbed early Monday in an attack on the streets of Southwest Baltimore is now the subject of an internal investigation because of "inconsistencies" in his statements, authorities said.

"There are some details . . . that require clarification," Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman, said yesterday. "There are some questions yet unanswered that concern procedural and other irregularities."

"I don't think there is any doubt that it happened," Agent Price said.

"I don't think that is the issue. There are some inconsistencies in his statements."

Police initially said that Sgt. David Sweet, a 41-year-old Tactical Section officer assigned to the Inner Harbor, was off-duty when he claimed to have been accosted at a pay telephone in the 2000 block of Frederick Ave.

Yesterday, however, the department said he had been scheduled to work from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. He was not in uniform when the reported assault took place about 3:30 a.m., police said.

Sergeant Sweet told investigators that four men approached him while he was on the telephone and demanded money. One of the assailants then knocked him to the ground.

The officer said he dropped his keys, and one of the men picked them up and began running away with his companions.

The sergeant said he chased the men to the 2000 block of Hollins St., where he was stabbed in both of his thighs with a lock-blade knife.

When he returned to Frederick Avenue, Sergeant Sweet said, his 1990 blue and gray Chevrolet Mark III conversion van, with Maryland license tags 365223M, was gone.

The van -- along with the sergeant's department walkie-talkie, identification and badge, and official and personal .38-cal. revolvers that he said were inside the vehicle -- had not been found yesterday, police said.

The sergeant, who was released after treatment of the stab wounds, will remain on duty while the department's Internal Investigation Division looks into the matter, Agent Price said.

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