By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) continue to investigate a sex assault allegation that initially led to the possibility they were seeking a suspect within their own department.
On June 11, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison held a press conference announcing that 50-year-old Richard Barnes, who worked as a security guard at Shock Trauma, reportedly assaulted a woman inside of a dark colored sedan in the 2700 block of Lovegrove St., in Charles Village.
Last week, police confirmed that 115 police cruisers were taken out of service during the investigation. Dozens of patrol vehicles sat unused in the lots of multiple police stations cordoned off by yellow tape.
The woman said she was picked up near the Charles Village Pub and taken to a residential area near Camden Yards, where she was allegedly forced to have sex before being taken back to the Charles Village Pub.
The woman then went to an area hospital and reported the sex assault.
After an exhaustive search of police vehicles and body camera footage, investigators have charged Barnes with rape, assault and impersonating a police officer.
A University of Maryland Medical Center spokesperson said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened by the allegations (against Barnes) and are cooperating fully with the investigation.”