Man with camera stopped

October 04, 2006|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,SUN REPORTER

A 41-year-old naturalized American citizen from Indiana - who has photographed the interiors of state capitols around the country - was detained by police at the State House in Annapolis for four hours yesterday after an officer recognized him from information shared by other law agencies.

The man, who is originally from Iran and became a U.S. citizen in 1988, was released after authorities determined his name was not on any warrants or anti-terrorism watch lists, said James M. Pettit, a spokesman for the Maryland branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

Pettit said the man, whose name was not released, had raised suspicions among police at other statehouses that he visited.

"In a case where something seems suspicious and it's activity that was noted in the past, we're going to take as long as we need to make sure that the person isn't breaking any kind of laws," Pettit said.

About 9 a.m., Pettit said, the man, with a camera around his neck, entered the State House and was recognized by an officer with the Department of General Services Police - the agency that patrols the Capitol.

"Apparently he's involved in some sort of project, something about a book," Pettit said. "He ultimately cooperated. He didn't break any laws. If he wants to come back down and take pictures, he can."

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