2 held in assault, robbery of officer

January 29, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Two men were charged yesterday with assaulting a city police officer Monday morning in Southwest Baltimore and stealing his van, which contained police equipment -- including his service revolver -- and a personal firearm, city police reported.

Marvell Nicholas Morgan, 36, and William Dominic Harrington, 25, both of the 300 block of N. Stricker St., were charged with assault and robbery, said Doug Price, a police spokesman.

Police said both men were being held last night at the Central District lockup awaiting a bail hearing.

Sgt. David Sweet, 41, told police he was attacked by four men, demanding money, about 3:30 a.m. Monday while using a telephone in the 2000 block of Frederick Ave.

The assailants stabbed him in both thighs before taking his keys -- which had been dropped on the ground during the scuffle -- and driving off in his van, police said.

The stolen 1990 blue and gray Chevrolet Mark III conversion van was recovered Tuesday afternoon in the 300 block of N. Gilmor St. after police received an anonymous call, Mr. Price said.

Sergeant Sweet was assigned to the Inner Harbor patrol for the Tactical Section. Initially, police reported that Sergeant Sweet was off duty at the time of the incident. Later, police said the assault occurred while he was on duty and assigned to work the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at the Inner Harbor -- several miles from the scene of the attack.

Mr. Price said the department's Internal Investigation Division is looking into "procedural and other irregularities" stemming from the incident.

Mr. Price said none of the police equipment has been recovered.

The officer's identification and badge reportedly were stolen along with his service revolver, the personal firearm and a walkie-talkie.

Mr. Price said the sergeant remains on active duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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