Suspected Door Kick-In Burglars Sought By Police, Fail to Appear at Hearing

Joseph Leo Baumgarten allegedly attacked Dianna Lynn Marketti after the two were released on bail.


The duo suspected of committing a string of daytime door kick-in burglaries throughout Howard County may be on the lam after failing to appear at a bail hearing on Nov. 15 in Howard County Circuit Court.

The suspects, Joseph Leo Baumgarten, of Pasadena, and Dianna Lynn Marketti, of Dundalk, were arrested by Howard County Police on Oct. 4 and charged with stealing more than $22,000 in firearms, jewelry and electronics from four Howard County residences, but later released the next day on $15,000 bail.

Howard County Police said the duo is suspected in 10 more burglaries that they haven’t yet been charged in.

The Nov. 15 hearing was scheduled to adjust their bail, but neither appeared, according to assistant state's attorney Natasha Byus.

“Appropriate bond hopefully prevents [this situation] from people who have a history of failing to appear or have violated probation or parole in the past,” said Byus.

About a week after they were released on bail, Baumgarten, 40, allegedly assaulted and kidnapped Marketti, 30, in the process of stealing her vehicle, according to a Baltimore County police report filed in court documents.

According to police, on Oct. 13 Baumgarten, of Pasadena, allegedly broke into Marketti’s home in Dundalk around 7 a.m., went to her bedroom, stole the keys to her Chrysler PT Cruiser and fought with Marketti, according to the police report. 

After that, Baumgarten left and got into Marketti’s car as Marketti continued to argue with him, at which point Baumgarten allegedly pulled Marketti by her hair into the car and drove away. Marketti told police Baumgarten repeatedly punched her in the face while in the car.

Eventually Baumgarten stopped the car and Marketti escaped, but Baumgarten followed her into woods near Sparrows Point Country Club in Baltimore, caught up with her, dragged her by her feet farther into the woods and then left the scene in her PT Cruiser, according to the report.

Marketti told police that Baumgarten was her ex-boyfriend, who she had broken up with the week before the assualt. Police reported finding visible injuries, including lacerations and abrasions on Marketti's face and hands.

Baltimore County Police did not comment on the investigation into the assualt and kidnapping on Monday.

The release of the suspected burglars made waves in Howard County, with commenters on Patch asking why the bail was set so low for the two.

In addition to the suspected burglaries, Baumgarten had violated his probation five times previously after being convicted of burglary for three offenses from 1996, one from 2002 and another from 2008, according to court documents. In addition, he failed to appear in court for traffic offenses on five occasions.

Marketti currently has 15 active traffic cases, most of which are for driving on a suspended license, with one as recent as Sept. 26.

Howard County District Court commissioner Oreon W. Pinkston II set the original bail on Oct. 5 and the suspects’ quickly posted it, according to court documents. The court commissioner's office declined to comment after the bail was set.

A request for comment to a state justice department spokesperson on Monday afternoon about the latest developments in the case—suspects’ failure to appear for the bond hearing, Baumgarten’s alleged assault of Marketti—was not immediately responded to on Monday.

Patch has requested the suspects' mug shots from Howard County Police.

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Cola MD November 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Geat job by Howard County District Court commissioner Oreon W. Pinkston II. Why does this guy still have a job? BTW, who does he even work for? Does he have a law degree or any degree for that matter? I think the public deserves to know the facts!
anon November 28, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I was certain that they would show up for a bail adjustment hearing.
Greg G. November 28, 2012 at 03:31 AM
This is exactly why I wanted this putz's contact info. Set high bail for pot smokers, but violent criminals with long history of violent crime. Way to go HoCo. Oreon time for you to do the decent thing and resign. Too bad we aren't in feudal Japan.
k November 28, 2012 at 04:42 AM
You don't have to have ANY minimum qualifications (obviously) for this position as it is a politically appointed position. A child would have know better than to give these two such a low bail because they won't show up, why not just send them home in a police escorted limo for crying out loud. Complete incompetence!!
PR November 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
What a surprise!
Gina November 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Good luck getting mug shot pics, we requested them back when they were released on lunch money bail and this is the response we got from HCPD: Hi Gina, I can certainly understand your request! So far in this case, mug shots have not been released. With each arrest, an assessment is made by detectives and prosecutors about whether the release of mug shot photos could affect the investigation or prosecution of a case. In some cases, a determination is made that the photos will have no impact, and they are released. In others, like this case, we have to decline due to the ongoing investigation. Have a good weekend!
Lorraine Kelly November 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Yes, I was also very surprized to find that these two did not appear. There was no follow up to our requests for explaining the low bail, it is most doubtful we will hear anymore about their failure to appear. Big, big screw up with NO accountability!
NoPower November 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Imagine that. They didn't show up? What a surprise NOT!!! They should have never been let out of jail in the first place. What does that judge say about this horrible decision? Our criminal system is definitely for the criminals!!!
Kirsty November 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
But now that they're on the lam, wouldn't mug shot photos be appropriate? Shouldn't the citizenry be given the tools to be on the lookout to alert police???
Merette J. Bassler November 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Right on Kristy -
Chris Kennedy Burleigh November 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
So ridiculous that we can't have access to their mug shots. Thanks Howard County for looking out for your honest citizens. Maybe if we had criminal records we'd have more rights.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The reason they were previously withheld was due to the investigation into other burglaries they're suspected in, according to police. Haven't yet gotten a response to my second request, made on Monday.
Columbia Ted November 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Do they not do a background check before setting bail??? A couple of minutes on-line checking into their history with the law would have sent a big red flag saying "Whoa, not so fast, Charlie Brown". Of course they wouldn't show up at their next hearing. DUH! What I don't get is if these two on on the lamb, why the police won't release photos so the public would be (1) forewarned and (2) possibly able to spot them on the streets. Can we try the Raven's tickets sting again ;-)
HoCoRes11 November 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Thanks for the follow up, Andrew. I think it's appropriate to see their mug shots since they failed to appear at the hearing!
Dave A. December 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
So if they hold them until trial can they stay at any of your homes with an ankle bracelet? There is NO ROOM AT THE INN in Jessup!
Joe December 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Make room! I didn't read in your comment that you would take them in.
Greg G. December 04, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I am betting I can find a dozen or more non violent offenders in the county lock up whose only offense was smoking weed or some other mundane crime. Put an ankle bracelet on some of them and get the dangerous ones off the streets. Still waiting on an answer of how Oreon P. got the job? If we want to stop this stupidity, then we need to hold those decision-makers responsible. Sounds like some nepotism to me.
Dave A. December 04, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Nope I don't want them and I am not whining about them being on the street either! As for the commissioner you can thank our wonderful Governor that he was appointed under!
Dave A. December 04, 2012 at 04:38 AM
As for the other non violent offenders I bet you can find one or two but only because they couldn't post bail.


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