Indian center official arrested on assault, handgun charges


The executive director of the Baltimore American Indian Center was arrested Monday on assault and handgun possession charges in connection with a dispute at a downtown bar.

Herbert H. Locklear, 63, was arrested at the center at 113 S. Broadway about 6 p.m. and released that day. A court date has not been set.

James A. Jones, 23, filed charges against Locklear July 2, four days after Jones was approached at a North Howard Street bar and threatened with a gun.

Jones told police he waited to report the incident because he and Locklear were acquaintances.

Jones told police that the two walked outside and argued. Locklear allegedly then threatened to kill James for calling his wife on the telephone several days earlier. After the threat, Locklear allegedly walked to his car, pulled out a silver revolver from his glove compartment and hid it behind his back.

Jones told police that Locklear then aimed the gun at him and threatened his life. Locklear also said that he could get someone else to kill Jones, according to police reports. Shortly afterward, Locklear reportedly left.

Locklear, who lives in the 1000 block of E. 36th St., denies the allegations. He has been executive director of the Baltimore American Indian Center for five months. In May, he retired from the Department of Human Services as a regional director.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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