Last week several University Police officers arrested a fugitive on the FBI’s most wanted list who has eluded the FBI for 11 years, UPD Director Dolores Stafford said.
UPD apprehended a man who called himself Antonio Freeman at about 6 p.m. Nov. 21 outside Tower Records on 21st Street, between H and I streets after a patrolling officer noticed he resembled a suspect pictured in an FBI bulletin. The officer called for backup and waited for more officers to arrive before approaching the suspect, Stafford said.
Freeman, who has used many aliases, was on the FBI’s list of most-wanted fugitives for kidnapping and rape, Stafford said.
The FBI posted a warrant Nov. 1, 1988 for the arrest of a man named Adrian Freeman for rape, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. According to the warrant, Freeman raped and sexually assaulted two females less than 13 years old in 1986. He is listed on Cleveland’s FBI most wanted list and has several aliases, according to the FBI’s Web site. No other men named Freeman are wanted by the FBI, according to the site.
About six or seven officers were involved in the arrest, which did not involve a struggle, said Anthony Roccogrande, associate director of UPD.
Our officers did a very good job and we’re proud of how they acted, he said.
UPD called Metropolitan Police, which responded at about 6:40 p.m. and escorted the suspect to the FBI headquarters.
Stafford said a UPD officer may detain a suspect and ask his name if the officer believes the person resembles a wanted criminal pictured in reports the department receives periodically from the FBI.
FBI flyers picturing fugitives are distributed at roll call of UPD shifts when the department receives notice, Roccogrande said.
When (the FBI has) someone who is wanted and they think its in the D.C. area, they let all the departments know, Stafford said.