Raid Casts Shadow On Police Sergeant

Crime Scenes

November 26, 2009|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com

When Baltimore police forced their way inside a rowhouse on North Luzerne Avenue, they were acting on a tip that occupants were selling drugs. The bust was based, a department spokesman said, "on community intelligence."

Police charging documents filed this week say detectives found what they were looking for:

* A blue shoe box inside a tall dresser in a basement bedroom that contained a digital scale, a cell phone, large and small plastic bags containing up to a half-pound of suspected marijuana and two bags containing suspected drug residue, each filled with cash - $100 in one, $325 in another.

* A Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition, a Glock magazine filled with 10 rounds and some additional .40-caliber rounds, all in a security box in a second-floor front bedroom.

None of that surprised police searching a suspected drug house located in a high-crime neighborhood of East Baltimore.

But here is what the charging documents say the detectives also found:

"Various Baltimore police related materials ... including uniform shirts, one department radio, police raid jackets, case folders and departmental handgun cases." Charging document say these items were found "throughout the house," including "in the second-floor front bedroom, the front and middle rooms on the ground floor, and the basement."

Detectives found the suspect, Jonathan Dixon, 21, in the basement with his girlfriend, and they charged him with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

A woman, who police say lives separately on the first and second floors, is Dixon's mother, identified in court files as Lisa Robinson, 44.

She is Baltimore Police Sgt. Lisa Robinson, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Northern District. Since her son's arrest on Nov. 19, she's been taken off the streets and put on administrative duties. Police have said they're investigating whether she knew about the drugs that detectives said they found in her house.

Though she lived apart from her son, the charging documents made public this week show that not only were police items scattered throughout all floors, but the 9mm gun found in the officer's bedroom was not secured. Police said the bedroom door had a lock, but the frame didn't have a clasp and could be pushed open.

"This allowed access to any and all occupants of the house to the small security box which contained the Glock 9mm handgun, as well as the various police equipment inside the room," the charging documents state.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said internal affairs investigators are looking into this case, and commanders "have concerns that weapons were not secured in the home. More importantly, we are concerned that there were drugs in the house. We had information there [were] drugs and that people were possibly selling out of the house. We didn't realize it was a police officer's house until we went in."

Robinson was not home when police conducted their raid, and Guglielmi said the 9mm is Robinson's personal weapon. He said she bought it from the city after the department replaced its 9mms with .40-caliber Glocks. Detectives seized her 9mm and took away her .40-caliber duty weapon when she was put on desk duty last week.

Police have a lot to sort out for this officer, who could not be reached for comment.

An officer who answered the phone at the Northern District on Monday said she had gone on vacation. Her son, Dixon, was freed on $50,000 bail posted by 4 Aces Bail Bonds on East Monument Street.

That company was among several businesses raided by federal authorities last year as part of a contining investigation into owner Milton Tillman Jr. Dixon, who answered the phone at his home on Monday, hung up when he learned a reporter was seeking comment.

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