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Posted on: April 15, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Panhandling warning leads to next day arrest

On 04/15/2013 at approximately 1358 hours officers were dispatched to a vagrancy complaint at 1305 W. 7th street (Frederick Shopping center). The caller advised that a woman was panhandling at the entrance to the shopping center. Officer Trapp arrived on scene and immediately recognized a woman standing in the grassy medium as Bobbie Jo Smith. The woman was holding a cardboard sign that stated she had kids and was short on money. Less than 24 hours earlier officer Trapp dealt with the same woman for the same type of call at a different location.

On 04/14/13 the panhandling law was explained to Smith and she was ordered not to panhandle in the City of Frederick. She also received a citation for the offense on 04/14/13. When Smith upon spotted the officer she asked are you going to take me to jail? Smith was arrested and transported to Central Booking for processing.


Arrestee: Bobbie Jo Smith
07/27/1971
100 Ray St
Hagerstown, MD

Charges: Failure to obey a lawful order

Arresting Officer: Officer Deborah Trapp

Preparing Officer: Cpl. Angie Waechter

Case Report number: 2013-23311

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