Police storm apartment, arrest two men wanted on warrants

May 24, 2004|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police arrested yesterday two men wanted on warrants - one of whom had escaped from prison weeks earlier - after storming an apartment in Ednor Gardens where the men had barricaded themselves.

Police received an anonymous tip yesterday that Miguel Diggs, 23, who had escaped from the state Division of Correction's Central Laundry Facility in Sykesville on March 29, was in the apartment in the 800 block of Nat Court.

Since his escape, Diggs has been implicated in three armed robberies and one nonfatal shooting, said Detective Donny Moses. He had been in prison for assault and handgun violations.

The Police Department's quick response and negotiation teams arrived shortly after 12:30 p.m. Unable to contact Diggs by using a bullhorn and calling his cell phone, police stormed the apartment, firing tear gas.

Diggs was taken into custody without incident, as was Jamar Jones, 22, of Baltimore, who was wanted on assault and burglary warrants.

Also arrested was apartment resident Chiquita Bell, 21, who was charged with aiding and abetting an escapee, Moses said.

Diggs, formerly of the 800 block of N. Patterson Park Ave., was seven months from being released from prison when he escaped in March, officials said.

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