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Police Chief John Williams Jr. last week clarified what type of situation would trigger the Sykesville Police Department to issue a Code Red Alert following a recent incident when one was not issued.

The police did not issue a Code Red Alert when it received notice that Joseph S. Arminger, 36, of Westminster ran away from the Carroll County Long-Term Treatment Facility on Buttercup Road, Sykesville, on Sept. 15.

The town has a Code Red Alert system that is capable of dialing residents' phone numbers to notify them of emergency situations.

"I take full responsibility for not activating Code Red in this particular incident," Williams said at the Sept. 22 meeting of the mayor and Town Council.

Police searched for Arminger for about four hours and took him into custody on Brown Street, Williams said.

Williams said the Code Red Alert would be sent out if someone is determined to be an immediate or imminent threat to the community or police did not think they could catch the suspect.

Williams said information he received about Arminger's background showed a history of petty theft and drug use, and he did not consider Arminger an immediate threat to the community. Arminger was on his way back to jail because of drug use and wanted to avoid jail time, he said.

He was confident Arminger would be caught because of having four officers from the Sykesville Police Department in addition to Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Howard County Police and Maryland State Police assisting in the search.

"I was extremely confident that we were going to bring this person into custody in a short amount of time," Williams said.

Still, Williams said he would like to sit down with officials from the drug treatment center, operated by Spectrum Health Systems, to discuss coordination of future communication.

Police offer landlord notification program

Landlords of rental property within Sykesville town limits can sign up for a program that will let property owners know of incidents on their property.

The Sykesville Police Department announced last week it is encouraging landlords to submit information to be included in a database at the police department.

Police will then send out a notice to the owner when an incident occurs on or around their property, according to a news release.

Police will need the following information from landlords: rental property address, owner's name, owner's address, owner's phone and alternative phone number and owner's e-mail.

For details call 410-795-0757.


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