2 officers slightly injured in arrest Police struggle with rider of unlicensed dirt bike

July 19, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore police officers were slightly injured yesterday when they struggled with the rider of an unlicensed dirt bike who stole one of the officer's guns and threatened to shoot him, a police official said.

Officers Robert Rodgers and Marvin Sneft of the Northeastern District were treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Rodgers suffered an asthma attack and Sneft twisted his knee.

Dante Curtis, 17, of the 1800 block of Winford Road was charged as an adult with armed assault and robbery, use of a handgun in commission of a felony and traffic charges.

"Luckily, nobody was killed in all this," said Maj. Bert L. Shirey, commander of the Northeastern District. "Dirt bikes drive

everyone crazy. This was a normal routine stop and [the officers] almost ended up losing their lives over it."

Police said the incident began about 7 a.m. when Rodgers saw the dirt bike and briefly followed it to the 5500 block of Force Road, off Frankford Avenue, where the rider abandoned the bike.

Rodgers tackled the bike rider, and Sneft arrived and joined in the struggle moments later. Shirey said the rider "grabbed Sneft by the throat and pulled his service weapon out of the holster and threatened to kill Rodgers."

Shirey said Rodgers ducked behind a nearby wall while Sneft held the arm of the now-armed rider. That allowed Rodgers to disarm the rider, the commander said.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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