CIA fugitive’s behavior said to have provoked arrest
Former CIA station chief Andrew Warren was arrested because he failed to show up for a pre-trial court hearing last Wednesday, authorities said today, but a television station in Hampton Roads, Va., is reporting that the former spy had been exposing himself to neighbors in recent weeks.
Warren, 42, is scheduled to stand trial in June in connection with accusations from a woman in Algiers that he doped her drinks at his CIA residence there and then sexually assaulted her.
Warren’s Florida-based attorney, Mark David Hunter, told SpyTalk in March that his client was innocent and he was prepared to vigorously contest the charges.
Hunter did not respond to a telephone call and e-mail messages last night asking for comment on the latest developments.
WVEC-TV reported today that Warren’s neighbors on Vimy Ridge Road in Norfolk had called police “a few weeks ago” after the former spy began acting strangely.
“He had his genitals hanging out of his pants, over the top of 'em," a woman identified only as “Stacey” told the TV station.
She said Warren, “who claimed his name was ‘Marco,’ popped over to the house she shares with her fiancé “to introduce his roommate who just moved there.”
According to Stacey, Warren exposed himself during an April 3 visit to their house.
"He tried to brush it off on the fact by saying, you know, 'Excuse me. I've had minor surgery so I get a little horny sometimes,' " Stacy told WVEC.
Her fiance, Kyle, called Norfolk police, the station said.
"Kyle told the station that the police had said 'we have to wait for somebody to come down from the CIA to pick this guy up,' " the station said.
"I'm dumbfounded by it. Why wasn't he in custody of some sort or more close eye kept on him?" Kyle told WVEC.
The station also interviewed a woman identified as “Jessica,” who said she and her boyfriend were in Warren's room at a Ramada motel when a combined team of Norfolk Police Fugitive Investigators, Diplomatic Security Service agents and United States Marshals showed up to arrest Warren, whom the couple knew as "Dave."
“Whatever his name is, Andrew, or whatever, like, he walked out, and he had, like, a gun," Jessica told the station. “I just ran to the other side, and, then, they cuffed me, and they told us to get on the ground. I don't know, it was just scary.”
A WVEC reporter stopped at Warren's home later and encountered the former CIA man’s “housemate,” who said he had known Warren “for about 20 years.”
"I really can't say more," he told the reporter.
Real estate records show that Warren purchased the seven-room, 912-square-foot house on Vimy Ridge Road for $145,000 in May 2009, two months after he was fired by the CIA in connection with the Algiers charges.
Judge Ellen S. Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a bench warrant for Warren’s arrest when he failed to check in with pre-trial services within two days after his April 21 hearing on his bond status, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.
“Fugitive Investigators had received information that Mr. Warren was in the area and began looking for him over the weekend," Norfolk police said. "Information was received by Investigators that led them to the Ramada Limited. During Warren’s arrest a handgun was recovered.”
“Both Warren and the handgun will be turned over to Federal Authorities.”
In June 2009, the Justice Department said Warren was indicted after a woman in Algiers charged that "at the time of the alleged sexual assault, the victim was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of declining participation in, or communicating unwillingness to engage in the sexual act."
Today, Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office here, said, “Warren was arrested in connection with the pending sexual abuse case.”
Diplomatic Security Service agents discovered child pornography on Warren’s laptop computer where he was summoned back to CIA headquarters for questioning in late 2008, court documents show.
Asked for comment, CIA spokesman George Little said only, “"Director Panetta fired this individual last year."
Warren will be “presented before a magistrate judge in Norfolk” a Justice Department spokesman said. The date of his appearance was uncertain.
Warren arrived in court Tuesday in a wheelchair wearing hospital patient garb, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He was told return to court Friday for a bond hearing.His ailment was not disclosed.
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