CRIME

DC officer faces charges in Maryland, police powers revoked

This undated booking photo shows Chukwuemeka Ekwonna. The Washington police officer is facing a string of charges in Maryland after authorities say he paid a 15-year-old girl for sex, then took back the money at gunpoint. Anne Arundel County police said 27-year-old Ekwonna of Glenn Dale was arrested Thursday, April 6, 2017, and charged with armed robbery, assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and a weapon offense. ( Anne Arundel County Police Department via AP)

This undated booking photo shows Chukwuemeka Ekwonna. The Washington police officer is facing a string of charges in Maryland after authorities say he paid a 15-year-old girl for sex, then took back the money at gunpoint. Anne Arundel County police said 27-year-old Ekwonna of Glenn Dale was arrested Thursday, April 6, 2017, and charged with armed robbery, assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and a weapon offense. ( Anne Arundel County Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a Washington police officer has been arrested in Maryland on a string of charges including assault and prostitution.

The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that police in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, arrested Chukwuemeka Ekwonna on Thursday.

Ekwonna was arrested on a warrant charging him with armed robbery, assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and weapon offenses. Officials didn't give details on the incident in January that prompted charges against the 27-year-old Glenn Dale, Maryland, resident.

Police say Ekwonna, who has been with the department for 14 months, is on non-contact status and his police powers have been revoked.

A person who answered at a phone number for Ekwonna declined to comment. No attorney is listed in online court records.