Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

July 04, 2004

White Marsh man, 30, caught in online sting

Members of Carroll County's Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit have arrested a White Marsh man they say attempted to solicit a sexual encounter with a minor he met online.

Adam M. Duffek, 30, of the unit block of Burbage Court in Nottingham was apprehended at the Arby's restaurant adjacent to Westminster TownMall at about 1 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said Duffek thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he'd met online, but he had actually been corresponding with a Carroll County sheriff's deputy posing as an adolescent.

Duffek was taken to the Carroll County Detention Center and released on a $50,000 bond. He was charged with one count of using a computer to solicit a minor for sexual acts and one count of attempted second-degree sex offense. If convicted of both offenses, Duffek could face up to 30 years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000.

Duffek was the subject of an investigation that spanned a year, said CASA member Cpl. Bradley Brown, who wrote infrequent e-mails and instant messages to Duffek under an online alias. At first, Duffek's messages were not sexual in nature, according to charging documents. But on June 21, Duffek, whose online alias was "Yesman21236," began to send messages asking the girl to meet and engage in sexual acts, according to charging documents. The documents stated that the online conversations became more explicit.

Off-duty policeman foils Eldersburg bank robbery

An off-duty Baltimore County police officer foiled the plans of three would-be bank robbers in Carroll County Thursday afternoon, including one man who was scheduled to be sentenced this month for a bank robbery conviction in another county, state police said.

Albert L. Collins, 45, is due for a sentencing hearing in Howard County July 23, but now faces additional robbery charges, authorities said. Kenneth L. Koellner Jr., 24, of the 1000 block of Twin View Drive in Glen Burnie and John P. Sinelli, 48, were also arrested on robbery charges. Authorities said Collins and Sinelli had no fixed addresses.

At about 2 p.m. Thursday, Baltimore County police officer Hugh Engle was conducting business with a bank teller at the Wachovia Bank in the 1400 block of Liberty Road in Eldersburg when the teller spotted a man walking into the bank wearing a ski mask and carrying a bag, police said. Engle drew his weapon and identified himself as a police officer, causing the man to flee into the parking lot. Engle caught up to the man, later identified as Collins, and held him at gunpoint until state police arrived to take him into custody, police said.

Troopers followed up on information that two other suspects had been waiting in a vehicle outside the bank. An investigation led police to Baltimore, where they apprehended Koellner and Sinelli in a vehicle near West Hamburg and West Cross streets. No weapons were found on any of the suspects, police said.

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