Third man accuses ex-officer of robbery

Former city policeman denies stealing money

January 16, 1999|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Prosecutors investigating a former Baltimore police officer accused of stealing money from two men have expanded their inquiry to a possible third victim, officials confirmed yesterday.

James Garcillia Roy, 48, told police Tuesday that the officer, Dorian J. Martin, robbed him of $130 in May during an arrest on domestic assault charges at his Eastern Avenue apartment.

Roy was interviewed this week by investigators from the office of State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. "They are looking at him as a possible third victim," said Maj. George L. Klein Jr., commander of the Southeastern District, where Martin worked.

Lawyer not surprised

Martin's lawyer, Warren Brown, denied the allegations and said he is not surprised that more people are making claims. "I don't know why people wait so long," he said. "It's easy for [Martin] to categorically deny it. It didn't happen."

Martin, resigned the day the allegations surfaced, Dec. 28. At a news conference Wednesday, Martin admitted seizing $160 from Felix Guevara, an immigrant from El Salvador, but denied stealing it or robbing anyone else.

Martin said Guevara taunted him with the money, which he snatched from Guevara's hands and put into his pocket. The former officer said he was summoned to an emergency call, after which he returned but could not find Guevara to return the money.

Martin denied any contact with the second alleged victim, Hector Portillo, 23, who came forward at the same time Guevara did and said he was robbed of $500 on Dec. 13. Brown said his client plans to meet with prosecutors Tuesday to discuss the case and ask to appear before the grand jury to tell his side of the story.

Immigrant alleges robbery

Roy, who emigrated from the Philippines eight years ago, said his wife, Ellen Roy, 48, called police May 23 to report an assault. Roy said Martin escorted him across Eastern Avenue to a parking lot.

"He pulled out my wallet and opened it," Roy said. "He put my money in his pocket. He told me he was only counting my money, but he turned my head so I could not see."

Pub Date: 1/16/99

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