Monday, April 13, 2009

Man arrested for signaling a false fire alarm

At about 0112 hours on April 13, 2009, Officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to 90 Waverley Drive, building S, to assist the fire department with a suspicious fire alarm. Residents were evacuating the building, but there was no fire located.

OFC Sean Carr contacted a witness who told him that she had seen a male pull the alarm. She gave OFC Carr a detailed description of the suspect. The witness also told OFC Carr that she had seen the male go into building S as other residents were evacuating. Building S is a secured apartment building, which can only be accessed by entering a security code.

OFC Carr was able to locate the suspect inside an apartment. He identified him as Santos Ernesto Lopez-Ramos. The witness confirmed that Lopez-Ramos was the man she had seen pull the alarm. Investigation revealed that Lopez-Ramos pulled the alarm so he could get inside to meet an acquaintance.

Lopez-Ramos is currently being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with causing a false alarm of fire, a misdemeanor crime with a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

Arrested: Lopez-Ramos, Santos Ernesto (photo right)

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