Crime Watch


August 11, 2006

Police issue warrants for sex offenders

State police in Westminster have obtained arrest warrants for three convicted sex offenders who appear to have moved from their registered Carroll County addresses without notifying authorities, and have warrants pending for several others, said Sgt. Doug Reitz.

The apparent violations of the state registration law for convicted sex offenders were detected as troopers conducted an annual survey to verify the addresses of Carroll's approximately 130 offenders and inform them of a new state requirement of semiannual registration.

One of the three named in warrants is Donald E. Hunker Jr., 25, convicted of child sex abuse in Anne Arundel County, who was arrested last week in Lancaster, Pa., and is being extradited to Maryland, Reitz said. Hunker last provided the state sex offender registry with an address at a Carroll homeless shelter in March 2004, according to Reitz. James R. Arner, 44, convicted of molesting children in California, is expected to be arrested at an assisted-living home in Baltimore today, Reitz said. Arner had last listed another Westminster homeless shelter as his address, Reitz said.

A third offender, Bobby L. Connell, 24, has disappeared from his listed address in the first block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Westminster, Reitz said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

Laura McCandlish

Man charged in robberies

A Northeast Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with at least 19 robberies over a period of several weeks in the northern and northeastern sections of the city, police said.

Donald Leon Gladden, 40, was arrested last month at his home in the 1700 block of E. 35th St. by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force and is being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

A BB gun that police believe was used in the armed robberies was recovered during a search of Gladden's home, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Moses said Gladden's arrest was not announced until Wednesday because many of the robberies remained under investigation. Moses declined to describe the evidence that led to Gladden's arrest.

Gladden is accused of robbing four people at gunpoint on separate days after they withdrew money from a Bank of America automated teller machine at Northwood Shopping Center in the 1500 block of Havenwood Road, Moses said.

Gladden also is charged in warrants with 12 store robberies, including holdups at Family Dollar in the 5600 block of The Alameda on June 26 and July 15, and a Family Dollar in the 5300 block of York Road on June 6.

Gladden also has been charged with three street robberies in Northeast Baltimore.

Richard Irwin

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