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April 30, 2010

Woman arrested for dancing nude at metro stop

UPDATE: Fox 45 reports that the family of the woman arrested says she is mentally ill and has been hospitalized. 

A 22-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday after MTA police say they found her dancing nude at the Penn North metro station. The reason? The woman, Brianna Edwards, had promised a strip tease in exchange for cigarettes, the Investigative Voice web site reported. The story doesn't attribute the details to police or court documents, but I checked with police and indeed, Edwards was booked on indecent exposure and disorderly conduct charges in relation to the incident on April 28.

MTA Officer Christopher McCullough saw Edwards dancing and that she covered up upon seeing him, and explained that a man had taken her up on her offer, police said. She started screaming that she didn't know what the big deal was, hence the disorderly conduct charge. Edwards, who has an alias listed of Ciara Williams, has a preliminary trial date of June 7. Hopefully a defense attorney will make sure she knows that the judge probably isn't willing to barter on her sentence.

Posted by Justin Fenton at 1:18 PM | | Comments (21)


That is hilarious!

That is hilarious!

Stripping for cigarette money: only in Baltimore.

How does one go about getting an alias? I think I want one

She had an alias and no last known address. Bad combo. -JF

Lloyd Bridges said:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking".

Which was it -- bus stop (above ground), or metro station (mostly not)? Laffs are fun, usually, but I'm an old-timer who remembers when newspapers tried chiefly to deliver the facts, and punch lines were optional. Headline FAIL if dance was not @ the bus stop.

Well, I went with bus stop because that was the original link source's headline, and while that area has both the metro station and bus stops, my notes from police reflect that she was on the "top side of the metro station." So I'll amend the headline for the time being.

Permalink headline still FAILS. And my previous comment's not posted -- why not?

I've approved every comment we've received on this post, e.o.

Hmmm... a strip TEASE doesn't involve nudity.

I suppose she got caught up in the moment?

Relax, eo, it's a gorgeous afternoon in Charm City and the weekend is right around the corner. Lighten up!

This story would have had a lot more meaning and purpose if you would have told the readers whetehr or not her being nude was a violation of the law- you only said she was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and not indecent exposure. her nudity may or may not consitute Disordely Conduct

Cliff, the story does in fact say she was arrested for indecent exposure. -JF

In related news, Baltimore Metro today reported a rise in ridership for the first time in 10 years.

Well done, David Hobby ... well done!

Point to David Hobby!

If you're an old-timer, you wouldn't be typing "Headline FAIL". No one over fifteen would.

If you wanted to have your comments taken seriously, you have failed.

The story is worthless without a photo....

Hugh, the story may get really worthless with a photo. Allows us to fantasize.

I don't think I'll take up smoking,but I may take up carrying cigarettes,lol.And a lighter,even.

She must need shepard pratt. Something must be wrong with her

That's why I like MTA so much charm city . Wait till summer they think its cool to show it all ! I love it.

I think it is relevant here to discuss tobacco addiction.

I always look up these names under Maryland's case search. It's amazing what you find sometimes, even about neighbors. And according to the arrest data, you do not want to see a 5'2" 165lb person dancing.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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