US Police Officer. Nigerian. Arrested For Rape, Robbery At Gun Point. Anne Arundel County police arrested, a D.C. police officer, 27-year-old Chukwuemeka Ekwonna of Glenn Dale on Thursday, in Maryland. He is facing an array of charges after police say he paid a 15-year-old girl for sax and then demanded the money back at gunpoint.
Ekwonna is charged with armed robbery, firearm use, first, second and third-degree assault, third-degree sax offense, reckless endangerment and prostitution offenses, police said.
All of the charges stem from an alleged incident on Jan. 9. Police said a 15-year-old girl who was receiving services from the Department of Social Services said she had met Ekwonna on a social media application called “Tagged” and set up a meeting with him at the Quarterfield Crossing Apartments in Glen Burnie where he’d pay her $80 for sax.
Court documents show the teen told authorities after they met and had sax, the man pointed a gun at her and took his money back.
This man was later identified as Ekwonna, police say. Police said they identified Ekwonna as the suspect on April 4. Charging documents state the teenager was able to identify Ekwonna from a series of photos.
Ekwonna had been with the police department for 14 months and was assigned to the Second District. His police powers were revoked and he was placed on a “non-contact status,” the department said. The department said Ekwonna was terminated on Friday.
No attorney is listed in online court records.
Ekwonna was denied bail at a court hearing on Friday.
He spoke briefly during the hearing, saying that he would not try to run away if he were to be released.
“I will show up. I’m not going to be difficult to find,” Ekwonna said. “Any type of cooperation the court needs, I’ll provide it.”
But District Court Judge Eileen A. Reilly said the charges against Ekwonna are “incredibly disturbing, to say the least” and that he could pose a “danger to the community.”
Reilly also ordered for Ekwonna’s communication outside of jail to be restricted while he’s being held before trial.
Federal court records show that Ekwonna and his father, Harrison, were accused in a civil lawsuit with beating an inmate who had already voluntarily submitted while the two were corrections officers at a Washington, D.C., jail.
Court records show the plaintiff settled the lawsuit with the District of Columbia. Details of the settlement were not immediately clear Friday.