Sex offender charged with assault in alleged abduction attempt

City officer tracks down, helps arrest Gwynn Oak man after girl accosted, police say

April 19, 2010|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore police officer tracked down and helped arrest a registered sex offender Sunday evening who authorities said tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl on Washington Boulevard.

Michael Leroy Thomas, 44, was arrested at his Baltimore County home on Dalton Drive in Gwynn Oak after Southwest District Officer Matt Dzambo followed him there and alerted county police. Thomas was charged with assault.

Police said Dzambo was on patrol in the 2500 block of Washington Blvd. about 5:15 p.m. when a resident flagged him down and told him a man had just grabbed his daughter, who managed to get away.

Dzambo approached the suspect, but the man fled in a four-door Buick, according to the police report. The officer followed the car and got the license plate number, which he traced to the house in Gwynn Oak. Dzambo and Baltimore County police arrested Thomas at that location.

Police said the teenage victim picked Thomas out of a photo lineup.

Thomas was convicted of a fourth-degree sex offense in 2005 and sentenced to probation. He was found guilty of failing to report a change of address in 2006, as required by registered sex offenders, and was sentenced to the time he had spent in prison awaiting his trial, which was four months. The Maryland sex-offender registry now lists him as compliant.

Thomas has a string of arrests in Baltimore city and county, mostly for petty offenses such as urinating in public and trespassing. In 1994, he was convicted of battery and sentenced to eight months in prison.

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