A second Baltimore officer was arrested in the kidnapping and extortion of a home contractor whose work on a patio renovation project failed to satisfy a police department colleague.
Juan A. Diaz, 46, was charged with abusing his position. He is accused of helping homicide detective James Lloyd confront the contractor and get back money paid for the project.
Prosecutors said Lloyd confronted the contractor on June 25 and demanded a refund, threatening to arrest him over a suspended driver's license.
“You are going to give me my money back, and I’m going to give you freedom,” Lloyd told the contractor, according to charging documents.
Police said he drove the victim to the bank and ordered him to withdraw money for a refund.
Lloyd was arrested last month and charged with extorting, kidnapping and abusing the power of his office.
Prosecutors said Diaz obtained $3,500 from the contractor, whose name was redacted in court documents, "by threat of force," Baltimore County Court records show.