Former Pasadena locksmith Joseph M. Horton, who dove into the Severn River to save a man who jumped from the bridge March 7, was sentenced earlier this week to spend time in jail for theft.
According to an article in The Capital, Horton, 27, was sentenced to 15 days in jail for fraudulently charging a woman’s credit card more than $1,000. The crime stems from an incident in February when a customer refused to pay an inflated bill for Horton to unlock her car, according to the story.
Horton, who said he was once a Prince George’s volunteer firefighter, told Patch last week that after he saw a man get out of his car and jump off the Severn River Bridge he rushed to help rescue him from the water.
The man who jumped from the bridge, Steven Vonzel Anderson, 56, later died at in Parole.
According to The Capital, on Feb. 9, 2010 Horton, then a locksmith, quoted a woman, Michelle Lynn Rolls, $250 to unlock her car at a BP gas station in Pasadena. After opening the car, Roll’s gave Horton her credit card; he took the card into his truck and returned with a $1,006 invoice.
Rolls refused to sign the invoice, but later realized her account had been charged for the $1,006, according to The Capital.
The Capital reported Horton has faced several other accusations of inflated bills for his locksmith services.