Robbery suspect in prison during crime

December 02, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Donald Leroy Truitt Jr. had a solid alibi after a robbery victim identified him as being one of two men who held him up at gunpoint Nov. 20 -- he was in prison at the time.

But police in the Northeastern District major crimes unit arrested Truitt anyway.

Agent Ragina Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said Truitt, 23, was arrested Friday after he was identified in a photo lineup by the victim of a 3 a.m. robbery in the 5600 block of Sinclair Lane.

City police called the Baltimore City Detention Center before arresting Truitt and were told that he was not being held at the jail at the time of the robbery, Cooper said. But after Truitt's arrest, police learned he had been behind bars -- in the state prison system -- until Nov. 21, Cooper said.

Despite the alibi and a District Court commissioner's order yesterday for release on personal recognizance, Truitt remained in the detention center last night, held on a detainer based on unrelated charges, authorities said.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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