Pet-loving parolee is arrested at animal shelter BALTIMORE COUNTY

April 07, 1993|By Glenn Small and David Michael Ettlin | Glenn Small and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writers

Tony Joshua probably figured he'd be safe picking up his favorite pets -- a snake and two Oscar fish -- from a northern Baltimore County animal shelter.

After all, he'd eluded police for more than a year, and yesterday was his birthday.

But when Joshua, a 30-year-old paroled drug dealer, pulled up to the county shelter in the 13000 block of Manor Road yesterday afternoon, he found federal agents waiting.

Shelter dispatcher Walter R. Fadrowski said the county shelter picked up the pets after their owner had been evicted from his last residence, and was warned by the FBI that the convict sought for a parole violation might stop by to pick up the creatures.

"Once he got on the lot, they had him surrounded," he said.

And the snake and fish were not even at the shelter. Mr. Fadrowski said the shelter only holds unclaimed animals for four days, and that Joshua's pets apparently were adopted after that waiting period.

"We've been spot-checking and staking out the place for more than a week," said FBI Agent Andrew Manning. "We got lucky."

Joshua, whose last known address was the 6400 block of Falkirk Road in Baltimore, now faces the remaining 2 1/2 years of his original eight-year prison sentence on drug and weapons charges, Mr. Manning said.

Joshua, who was released from prison in 1989 and violated parole in March 1992, may also have a few more problems because of suspected drugs and two firearms found in his car at the time of his capture.

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