Lead Detective in Barnes case charged

 

BALTIMORE (WMAR) -- The lead Detective in the Phylicia Barnes case has been charged in four criminal counts for an incident in a northeast Baltimore home involving his daughter. 
 
Detective Daniel Nicholson IV was charged today with two counts of second degree assault, one count of fourth degree burglary and one count of making a false statement to police. 
 
According to the State's Attorney's Office on April 22, 2012, Nicholson and others allegedly went into a home in the 5500 block of Bowleys Lane in search of Nicholson's missing daughter. The woman who answered the door told Nicholson that his daughter was not there. 
 
Nicholson then allegedly forced his way into the home, knocking the woman and another occupant to the ground. 
 
The next morning, when questioned about the incident, Nicholson allegedly stated that he went to the home, knocked on the door and left when there was no answer. 
 
"Detective Daniel Nicholson is accused of egregious violations of public trust that will never be tolerated. His actions undermine the very hard work our police officers do every day to make Baltimore safer," said Commissioner Anthony Batts. "Professionalism and public trust are virtues that stand above all else and the men and women of this agency have demonstrated our unwavering commitment to policing ourselves against illegal and unethical behavior." 
 
Nicholson is scheduled to be arraigned on May 20, 2013.
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