WASHINGTON (ABC7) — A Metropolitan Police Officer is facing multiple charges following an arrest Thursday night in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, D.C. police report.
Officer Chukwuemeka Ekwonna was arrested on a warrant by the Anne Arundel County Police and faces charges of Armed Robbery, Robbery, Firearm Use in a Felony Crime of Violence, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, two counts of Third Degree Sex Offenses, Reckless Endangerment, Handgun in a Vehicle, Handgun on a Person and Prostitution.
Ekwonna was arrested at his home in Glenn Dale, Maryland, and is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. ABC7 News confirms he graduated from Laurel High School.
On Jan. 9, a 15-year-old girl communicated with Ekwonna through a social media app called "Tagged" and agreed to meet with him to have sex for money, according to police.
Police say the girl was receiving services from the Department of Social Services when she revealed that she met Ekwonna on the app.
Sexual activity occurred between Ekwonna and the teen in his car, and police say he gave her money for it, but moments later pulled out a gun and demanded his money back. Police say the teen gave Ekwonna the money back and left his car.
"That's not the guy that I know," said Mary Woo, a family friend. “My heart is pounding right now. He is a decent person as fas as I know."
Ekwonna has been an MPD officer for 14 months and was assigned to the Second District, according to police.
Police say his powers have been revoked and he is currently under "non-contact" status, which means he can have no contact with the public.
Ekwonna's charges are being investigated by both the MPD and Anne Arundel County Police.
Police say the teen girl acted on her own and is not the victim of human trafficking. She is also not being investigated in this case.
MPD released a statement Friday following Ekwonna's bond hearing. Read it below:
"MPD takes the allegations against Officer Ekwonna extremely seriously. He is currently being held in Anne Arundel County without bond. The integrity of our officers is of the utmost importance to the Metropolitan Police Department and Ekwonna's actions do not represent the values we seek to uphold."
As of Friday evening, Ekwonna was terminated by the MPD.
This story has been updated, Friday, April 7, 2017.