Police in N.J. arrest fugitive convicted of assault in Carroll

Westminster resident held on stolen-car charges

April 29, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man who fled Carroll County three weeks ago as he was about to begin serving a five-year sentence on an assault charge has been arrested in New Jersey on stolen-auto charges, authorities said.

Kenneth Eugene Kern of the 600 block of Washington Road pleaded guilty to second-degree assault March 30 in connection with the choking of the mother of his baby, court records show. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. suspended half of that term and allowed him seven days to tend to personal business.

When Kern failed to surrender to sheriff's deputies on April 6, Beck issued a no-bond bench warrant for his arrest and Carroll County sheriff's deputies began searching for him.

Kern was arrested at 3: 15 p.m. Tuesday about 30 miles north of Atlantic City after police reported seeing a car being driven erratically, said Sgt. Robert Andrews, a police spokesman in Barnegat, N.J.

Kern has been charged in New Jersey with possession of a car reported stolen in Maryland, eluding police and about 15 traffic offenses, Andrews said.

Carroll County Assistant State's Attorney Theresa M. Adams said yesterday that New Jersey authorities are holding Kern in lieu of $15,000 bail.

"He is also being held on our detainer, meaning that if he posts bail in New Jersey, authorities there will continue to hold him until he can be extradited to Maryland," Adams said.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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