“He scares me. I’m revoking his bond.”
That was Baltimore district court judge Barbara Waxman’s rationale for keeping Rex Petrey, a Marine veteran and former Department of Homeland Security agent, in jail for more than two weeks after he was arrested in Baltimore on April 28 while on his way to work security following the riots there.
The 50-year-old Petrey, who formerly worked as an Air Marshal and left his job at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March, was in front of Waxman — at least via closed-circuit TV — for a hearing on April 30 for charges of impersonating an officer and illegal possession of a firearm.
The Daily Caller obtained audio of that hearing. In it, Petrey’s court-appointed attorney argues for his release citing his lack of a criminal record and his security role. A prosecutor is heard accusing Petrey — falsely, in retrospect — of “misrepresenting” every aspect of why he was in Baltimore. Waxman sided with the state, saying “I’m sure there’s a third side to this story that I haven’t heard yet. But right now, he scares me. I think he’s a threat to public safety.”
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