BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)– A man was arrested for impeding traffic on Route 50 in Bowie Wednesday, claiming he ran out of gas, according to Maryland State Police.
Around 2:15 p.m., Alexandru Dumitru, 32, was soliciting money from the drivers claiming to be stranded and without gasoline. Dumitru, who was with a female and a young child, had a full tank of gas in his Jeep Cherokee, police learned.
Dumitru was arrested for disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and other traffic violations.
Throughout the last few months, the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack has received numerous calls regarding similar criminal activity occurring on major highways and ramps. Individuals participating in this type of criminal behavior will interrupt the flow of traffic and stop vehicles. Individuals will then provide a scripted scenario in an attempt to solicited money from motorist. Often times they will entice motorist with jewelry claiming it to be real gold, that they are stranded without gasoline or a mechanical problem with their vehicle.
The Maryland State Police is asking motorist to be aware of this type of criminal behavior and to use caution while traveling on Maryland roadways.
Anyone with information regarding similar incidents is asked to contact the Maryland State Police, College Park Barrack.