Bridge Hero Gets Time For Theft

The ex-locksmith, who tried to save a man who jumped from the Severn River Bridge, will serve jail time for theft.

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.

jesse55jp March 16, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Really? You guys really had to ruin this story by reporting this? Maybe it would have been different if you were there on this call....maybe not?
Michael Licavoli March 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
It's not their job to provide someone with an emotional narrative. It's their job to report the news. They weren't the only ones reporting on this either.
jesse55jp March 16, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Well why break this county's tradition of crapping on someone for doing something good. It could have gone without being reported again...do I dare need to bring up the "if some else jumped off a bridge" quote?....homeboy was standing there soaking wet in his boxers freezing with the guys vomit all over him doing CPR....deserves not to be dumped on again. That's all I am saying.
MAW March 20, 2012 at 01:26 PM
So Jesse55jp, I guess you are going to use him as a locksmith then?
trutho May 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I can't discount his act in trying to save this man's life, but as someone who was scammed by Horton, his heroism vs. his criminal actions are mutually exclusive and need to be viewed as such. His business practices are shady at best and that is being generous. I am certain he was aware of the hundreds of frauds totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars he was engaging in, and jumping off a bridge doesn't absolve those frauds...sorry.


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