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A veteran Baltimore police homicide sergeant remains held without bail Thursday on extortion and kidnapping charges.

James Lloyd, 45, is a sergeant with the Baltimore City Police Department. The charges against Lloyd stem from a dispute over patio work done by a contractor at Lloyd's Gwynn Oak house.

Three other officers -- all members of Lloyd's homicide squad -- are suspended in this case. They allegedly were present when Lloyd threatened the contractor with arrest. A police spokesperson said all four men were on duty at the time of the incident.



James Lloyd

Lloyd's lawyer said no crime was committed.

According to the police charging documents, Lloyd and the victim agreed on a price of $7,000 to complete patio work at Lloyd's house. The charging documents say Lloyd contacted the victim on June 18 to say some of the pavers came apart and that the victim agreed to make repairs.

The charging documents state that Lloyd's wife or girlfriend wanted the patio to be larger. The victim said that work would cost an additional $1,400. When the victim arrived at Lloyd's house on June 25, the victim said he saw his crew at the house and a minivan with dark tinted windows parked in the roadway, blocking the driveway and his crew's vehicle.

Lloyd was unhappy with the work, charging documents said, and allegedly used his police power to convince the contractor to pay back the money.

The victim told police that Lloyd said, "We have problems. Where is my contract?"

Frances Hamilton used the same contractor for work on her house. The contractor told her what he said happened when Lloyd produced a folder with background information about the contractor's driving record.

"He was totally intimidated," Hamilton said. "He said the guy said, 'Give me your license.' He said, 'Why?' He pulled out his badge and said, 'This is why.' He gives him the driver's license. He tells (the contractor), 'You're driving on a suspended license. I want my money back or I am going to arrest you and tow the car.'"

The victim said he was afraid for his safety "due to the aggressive tone of the conversation, the threat of his arrest, along with the visible police badges and firearms." The victim said Lloyd said he would arrest the victim for driving to his house on a suspended license and take him downtown to jail, the charging documents state.

Lloyd allegedly told the victim, "We can solve this, give me my money back." The victim told Lloyd he didn't have his checkbook, to which Lloyd asked which bank the victim used. The charging documents state Lloyd used his cellphone to look up the closest location of the bank, and said, "Let's go."



"The victim advised in fear for his life, he decided to go with suspect Lloyd to the bank and withdraw the money," the charging document states.

When they arrived at the bank, the victim went inside and asked for a cashier's check for $3,500. When the victim was asked for identification, he realized Lloyd still had his driver's license. The victim left the bank to get his license and returned to the bank to get a cashier's check made out to Lloyd for $3,500, the charging documents state.

The charging documents state the victim told others about what happened, including a friend who is a Prince George's County police officer.

The victim provided to a Baltimore County police detective a copy of the cashier's check that was signed on the back with Lloyd's bank account number on it, the charging document states. The victim also provided to police a receipt that Lloyd signed and gave to the victim and had the victim sign. The charging documents state the victim also forwarded to police a thread of text messages between him and Lloyd that lasted for several days.

phone records show a list of incoming and outgoing calls for Lloyd's cellphone from May 19 to June 25. The documents also state the surveillance video from the bank showed Lloyd's police vehicle in the parking lot and the victim making the transaction at the bank.

Lloyd identified the other detectives involved as Manuel Larbi, Troy Taylor and Juan Diaz. The Baltimore Police Department said their police powers were suspended and they are assigned to administrative duties, pending an internal investigation.

n court Friday afternoon, a Baltimore County judge denied bail for Lloyd, calling him a risk to public safety.

If convicted, Lloyd could face up to 30 years in prison.

Baltimore City Police Internal Affairs is also conducting an administrative investigation into the matter.




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