A call about a stolen pizza early Wednesday led Frederick police to a man with an open warrant for the sexual abuse of a minor, according to court records.
Call-takers took a report shortly after midnight from a pizza delivery driver who said a customer had taken a pizza he had delivered from him but returned to their apartment in the first block of Waverley Drive without paying for the food, according to court documents. The man, Jonathan Daleth Nnamdi Anukem, 25, came back outside after police arrived and handed over a pizza that was missing several slices, the documents state.
While Frederick police charged Anukem with theft less than $100 — the pizza cost about $18, according to the documents — he was also linked to an open warrant issued by the Crisfield Police Department in Somerset County charging him with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, and third- and fourth-degree sex offense, court records state. The sex abuse charges date back to November 2018 and involve the alleged abuse of an 8-year-old girl, according to court documents.
"Mr. Anukem denies these allegations," said Assistant Public Defender Laura Garcia, speaking on Anukem's behalf at Thursday's hearing before Judge Eric Schaffer. "... Mr. Anukem wants to address these allegations and come to court."
Anukem, whose last known address was in Point of Rocks, was denied bail at the hearing and remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center awaiting transportation back to Somerset County as of Thursday evening, court records indicate.