Man claiming to be officer is charged

January 13, 1994

A 31-year-old Baltimore man was charged yesterday with impersonating a police officer after a woman reported to police that he followed her from a Glen Burnie bar, tried to force her off the road and threatened to arrest her when she refused to date him.

County police arrested Richard Eric Fritz of the 3700 block of Leo St. after Myra Schmitz, 33, an employee at McDoogal's bar on Marley Neck Road, told them he had been harassing her.

Ms. Schmitz told police a man walked into the bar Jan. 2, claimed he was a state trooper and showed her a badge. Later that night, when she left the bar, he followed her car and turned on his flashing red lights. She pulled over and as she talked to him, she noticed that the car looked like an unmarked police cruiser.

She said the man came to the bar again as they were closing early yesterday and asked Ms. Schmitz to go out with him, the police report said.

She again refused and after she left the bar he made her pull over to the side of Marley Neck Boulevard, the report said. Ms. Schmitz stopped at a 7-Eleven store at the intersection of Marley Neck Boulevard and Route 648 and called police about 2:30 a.m. The man, who was driving a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria similar to unmarked police cars, drove away.

Officers later stopped the car on Ritchie Highway near Church Street and found a police radio, a siren and loud speaker, a red -- light, two blue strobe grill lights, an exterior spot light, handcuffs, a badge, flashlight and other police equipment, the report said.

Officers arrested Mr. Fritz and took him to Northern District station, where he was charged.

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