Homeowner charged with harboring fugitive after co-owner lets deputy inside home
Anyone aspiring to harbor a felon should take note of a recent arrest out of Lexington Park, about 60 miles southeast of Washington -- and make sure any co-owners of your property are on board with the plan.
Such a "teaching moment" unfolded Wednesday, when St. Mary's County Sheriff's Deputy Fahey presented herself at a home and said she had two arrest warrants for Joshua Joseph Yates, 20.
Yates was wanted for possession of marijuana and motor vehicle theft, according to sheriff's office officials, and the deputy had been told he was inside by an owner of the home.
"Upon arrival to the residence she was met by Mark Joseph Thompson, 46," the sheriff's office wrote in a statement, describing this man as "the other owner of the Franklin Road residence."
Thompson insisted that Yates wasn't inside, according to authorities. He wouldn't let the deputy enter, despite her warning he could be charged with harboring a fugitive if he was knowingly allowing the suspect to hide, according to the sheriff's office.
"While on the scene the other owner of the residence arrived and allowed Deputy Fahey into the residence," sheriff's officials wrote in statement about the incident.
Yates was found in the home and arrested on the open warrants; Thompson was arrested for harboring a fugitive and and obstructing and hindering an investigation.
-- Dan Morse
May 13, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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