Joseph Manford Criss Captured

(Harford County, MD – April 13, 2009) – Harford County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Joseph Manford Criss, 28, early this morning at his residence in the 700 block of Roland Avenue, Bel Air, MD without incident.

A warrant was issued charging Criss with Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, and Assault in the 2nd Degree for an incident that occurred on April 12, 2009 originating in Forest Hill, MD. At approximately 2:30 a.m., the female victim, 22, from Forest Hill, MD agreed to meet with her ex-boyfriend Joseph Manford Criss. Criss picked her up at her residence and an argument ensued shortly thereafter in a nearby parking lot. The victim became uncomfortable and asked to be driven home, Criss refused. She then attempted to use a cell phone to dial 911 and while doing so was bitten on the left hand by Criss, leaving a large bruise. As Criss was driving on I-95 towards Baltimore County, he punched her several times in the face. He eventually stopped his truck in the Golden Ring Shopping Center parking lot where he sexually assaulted her. After the sexual assault the victim attempted to get away from Criss, however, he threatened her with bodily harm if she did not get back into the vehicle, so she complied. Criss then pulled into a WAWA located in the 8700 block of Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD to purchase a lighter. As they pulled into the parking lot the victim jumped out of the vehicle, entered the store, and dialed 911.

Baltimore County Police and Emergency Medical Services responded. The victim was then transported by Baltimore County Medic #16 to Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) for non-life threatening injuries.

Criss was taken to the Harford County Detention Center where he was processed and is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond at the Harford County Detention Center.

News Release

April 13, 2009


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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