Cit­i­zens iden­tify man in traf­fic case

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Mem­bers of the pub­lic are be­ing cred­ited with the swift iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a man charged in a traf­fic case af­ter his photo was posted on the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Face­book page Tues­day af­ter­noon, Sept. 20.

The man was ar­rested in April by Mary­land State Po­lice, but al­legedly gave a false name to of­fi­cers.

Know­ing the sher­iff’s of­fice has had suc­cess iden­ti­fy­ing sus­pects through Face­book, As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Leigh Dar­rell asked them to post the man’s pic­ture, said Lt. Dale Pa­trick.

Within 45 min­utes of post­ing, the man was iden­ti­fied, Pa­trick said. Troop­ers at the MSP Cen­tre­ville Bar­racks told him the phones lit up with call­ers iden­ti­fy­ing the sus­pect as Al­bert Gene An­tonelli, 44, the Queen­stown man who was con­victed of man­slaugh­ter in the 2004 death of Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­ity Po­lice Of­fi­cer Duke Aaron.

Aaron had just fin­ished writ­ing a ticket and got­ten into his po­lice cruiser on the shoul­der of U.S. Route 50 near Cape St. Clair Road when it was struck from be­hind by a ve­hi­cle driven by An­tonelli.

In a plea agreement, An­tonelli re­ceived a sen­tence of five years in pri­son, with two of those years sus­pended, and five years su­per­vised pro­ba­tion upon his re­lease. As part of pro­ba­tion, he was to ab­stain from drugs and obey all laws.

Anne Arun­del Cir­cuit Court Judge Ali­son Asti sent An­tonelli back to pri­son in 2012 to serve the re­main­ing two years of his sen­tence for vi­o­la­tion of pro­ba­tion af­ter he was charged with drug of­fenses in 2011. Court records show a guilty ver­dict for pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

On Thurs­day, Sept. 22, civil ci­ta­tions were is­sued charg­ing An­tonelli with reck­less driv­ing, neg­li­gent driv­ing, fail­ure to obey a traf­fic con­trol de­vice, un­safe lane chang­ing, fail­ure to dis­play li­cense on de­mand, fail­ure to dis­play regis­tra­tion card on de­mand and giv­ing a false name to po­lice in the April case. The com­bined ci­ta­tions carry fines to­tal­ing $1,220.

Cit­i­zens helped po­lice iden­tify this man as Al­bert Gene An­tonelli.

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