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The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Eastern District is seeking the public’s assistance to identify any potential victims or witnesses to an incident that took place on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at approximately 5:31 p.m. at Downs Park located in the 8300 block of John Downs Loop in Pasadena.
Officers were contacted by a Park Ranger, who told police that a female witness reported observing a suspicious male subject approaching two isolated juvenile males in the park. The witness alleged that the subject gave the boys money before attempting to walk them into a wooded area. At that time, the witness approached the subject and told him to leave the children alone. After reporting the incident to a Park Ranger, the Ranger and witness stood by the children until they were re-united with their parent(s).
County Police responded and were directed by the Ranger to a person of interest, who was sitting on a park bench with several other patrons nearby. As a uniformed officer approached and was within close proximity to the subject, he suddenly got off the bench, grabbed his bike and began riding away. The officer identified himself and gave chase as the suspect looked back at the officer and ignored numerous verbal commands to stop. The subject continued to ride his bike in a reckless manner with no regard for the safety of the adults and other children in the park. After a brief foot chase the officer was able to stop the suspect, who was taken into custody.
The subject was identified as James Gaglione, Jr., 49, of 238 Nathan Way in Millersville, Maryland. Gaglione was transported to Eastern District and charged with Obstructing and Hindering along with Disorderly Conduct.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department is continuing to investigate the initial incident and is seeking to identify the potential juvenile victims and the adult witness who were not present when officers arrived on scene. The adult witness is described as an adult white female, and may possibly be a school teacher. The potential victims are believed to be two white juvenile males between 10 and 12 years of age. Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact the Eastern District Detective’s Unit at 410-222-6145.