Man admits taking police worker hostage


September 02, 2006|By Gus G. Sentementes

A 21-year-old man who took a civilian police employee hostage at a Northeast Baltimore station house this year pleaded guilty yesterday to charges stemming from the incident.

Rodney M. Bethea had been arrested on a charge of marijuana possession April 13 when officers brought him to the Northeastern District station for an interview. Court documents said that Bethea first tried to hang himself in an interview room and then later assaulted an officer with a three-foot halogen light bulb.

The man ran into another room where a civilian employee was working, locked the door and armed himself with scissors and a letter opener, court documents say.

After a two-hour standoff, SWAT team members forced the door open and used a stun gun on Bethea. Bethea pleaded guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer, false imprisonment and escape. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16, the city state's attorney's office said.

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