DNR police arrest man wanted on sex charges

Suspect awaits extradition proceedings in Arizona

April 18, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man wanted in Arizona on five counts of sexual assault and abuse was arrested Thursday night aboard a boat in the South River by Maryland Department of Natural Resources police.

Thomas R. Nardini, 54, will undergo extradition proceedings that may lead to his being escorted back to Arizona to face the sex crime charges, police said.

He was arrested aboard a 30-foot boat anchored in Gingerville Creek, a tributary of the South River near Edgewater.

Nardini is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bond. Police said Officer Brian Noon arrested him after investigating a report of an abandoned boat.

Nardini, who has been working as a cook at Popeye's restaurant in Edgewater, was the last owner of a 1967 37-foot Fairliner that had been floating in the South River since January and deemed a navigational hazard, police said.

A background check on Nardini led Noon to an outstanding warrant on the sex charges in Arizona.

Nardini is also charged with abandoning a vessel and failure to title the boat in his name, police said.

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