Secret Service Officer Accused of Trying to Break Into Ex-Girlfriend's House

A uniformed officer in the Secret Service's Foreign Missions Branch is accused of trying to break into his girlfriend's house.

The officer, 29-year-old Arthur Baldwin, was arrested by Metropolitan Police early Friday on a felony charge of first-degree attempted burglary and destruction of property.

According to a police report, Baldwin tried to break into the Southeast D.C. home of a woman early Friday morning before fleeing the scene. The report said the woman was "crying, shaking and appeared to be in fear of her life," and that she told a responding officer, "My ex-boyfriend won't leave me alone."

The police report said two windows were broken and the hinges to a door of the residence were damaged in the incident.

Authorities say Baldwin returned to the home after police arrived and asked to talk to the woman.

Officers asked him if he kicked the door, and he allegedly replied that he kicked the door but did not break any windows. Police say Baldwin had not gotten close enough to see any windows were broken.

Baldwin was arrested at the scene.

Police said his loaded service weapon was found in a black bookbag in his vehicle.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy ordered Baldwin to be placed on administrative leave. His security clearance has been suspended.

Court records show Baldwin, of Camp Springs, Maryland, was to be arraigned Friday afternoon. The records do not list an attorney for him. A telephone number could not be found.

Baldwin's arrest comes two days after a high-ranking supervisor was also put on leave after he was accused of misconduct in another case being investigated by police. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general is investigating the allegations of misconduct by the supervisor, Xavier Morales.

Baldwin's arrest and the earlier allegation of misconduct are the latest black eyes for the agency responsible for protecting the president and his family.

The inspector general is already investigating a March 4 incident in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House after a night of drinking.

This story has been corrected from an earlier version.

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