Man convicted of assault for trying to run over U.S. agent

February 21, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Nigerian national has been convicted of assault for attempting to run over a U.S. Secret Service agent trying to arrest him last year in a credit card fraud.

Akinola Obayanju, 35, of the 7900 block of Belridge Road in Putty Hill was convicted Wednesday. He faces as many as eight years in prison when he is sentenced April 25 by U.S. district Judge Herbert M. Maletz.

Secret Service agents Vincent O'Neill and Gregory Tate, with Postal Inspector Fran Brown and Baltimore police Detective David Wimmer, were staking out a Northeast Baltimore house July 24 to see who would pick up a fraudulent credit card.

Obayanju arrived and took the envelope containing the card. In trying to flee, Obayanju nearly hit O'Neill with his car and rammed a car in which Brown and Wimmer were riding.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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