The transgender and ‘nonbinary’ ex-senior Department of Energy (DOE) employee Sam Brinton was reportedly taken into custody by Maryland police late on Wednesday night after being declared a “fugitive from justice.”
Brinton was detained in Rockville, Maryland, according to county records.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, the primary law enforcement organization for both airports serving the Washington, D.C., region, led the arrest, according to a police spokeswoman on Thursday.
A witness who claimed to be Brinton’s neighbor reported that around an hour after four unmarked police officers arrived, Brinton was taken into custody.
The arrest comes a month after Brinton, who gained notoriety after being named to a position overseeing nuclear waste policy at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy as a non-binary gender-fluid person, escaped punishment in two separate cases involving luggage thefts in Minnesota and Nevada.
After arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on September 16 from Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, police accused Brinton in October with taking a traveler’s luggage valued a total of $2,325 from the luggage carousel.