- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2020

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore city police sergeant is facing accusations of kidnapping and extortion after demanding a refund in connection with a home improvement project.

James Lloyd, 45, was arrested Thursday after Baltimore County police detectives received information about a dispute between Lloyd and the victim doing the home improvement project, the Baltimore County Police Department said in a news release.

The dispute began when Lloyd became dissatisfied with the victim’s work and demanded the refund, the department said.

The department said Lloyd allegedly identified himself as an officer and made the victim go to a bank with him to get a certified check for a refund. The victim told police he complied with Lloyd because he was in fear of being arrested.

Three other detectives in Lloyd’s homicide unit have had their police powers suspended in connection with the incident, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement. They have been assigned to administrative duties while an internal investigation is underway. Harrison did not disclose their identities.

“I am utterly sickened and appalled by the allegations against members of the Baltimore Police Department,” Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said in a statement. “We have a police force full of men and women who take serious their oath to protect and serve. We will not stand for any members who violate this sacred promise or the public’s trust.”

Harrison said Lloyd has been suspended without pay.

It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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