BANGOR, Maine — The Massachusetts man wanted in the death of a 15-month-old Bangor boy last week was arrested Monday in Maryland, according to officials from the FBI and the Bangor Police Department.
Edgard Anziani, 27, was arrested without incident about 1 p.m. in Bladensburg, Md., about 30 miles outside Baltimore, according to Special Agent in Charge Warren Bamford of the FBI’s Boston field office.
Anziani was charged with murder on Thursday, Feb. 25, in connection with the death two days earlier of Damien Christopher Lynn at an apartment on Bald Mountain Drive in Bangor. On Friday, police in Maine enlisted the aid of the FBI, which issued a fugitive-from-justice warrant.
During the course of the investigation, authorities determined that Anziani had fled Maine and traveled to Maryland, Gail Marcinkiewicz, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston field office, said Monday.
It was not clear late Monday what arrangements were being made to return Anziani to Maine to face the murder charge.
Anziani has the option of waiving an extradition hearing. If he does that, Anziani could be back in Maine within a few days. If he chooses to fight extradition, however, he might not be returned to Maine for several months.The Prince George’s County Police Department and the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, both in Maryland, assisted the FBI’s Baltimore and Washington field offices with the arrest.
The FBI offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for Anziani, whose last known address was in Lawrence, Mass. Authorities said Anziani is “known to be violent.” He is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and a permanent resident of the U.S., the FBI said.
“We’re glad he’s been captured,” Marcinkiewicz said Monday.
The boy’s mother, Cheryl Metzger, 22, was notified of the arrest at about the same time as the FBI and Bangor police issued news releases about it.
Within a few minutes, she had posted a message on her Facebook page to her deceased son.
“Baby D they caught the guy, u can now rest in peace now n u have ur justice!” she wrote. “Mommy loves u.”
Anziani was not the boy’s father but had been staying with Metzger and her son off and on for the past four months. Metzger was in a local hospital when the boy died early on Feb. 23.
Because he was unfamiliar with the Bangor area, Anziani called his girlfriend’s mother, who called 911 at 6:58 a.m. that morning, according to a police affidavit.
When paramedics arrived at the mother’s apartment at 55 Bald Mountain Drive, Anziani met the ambulance and crew in the driveway and handed them the toddler, who was “blue and not breathing,” according to court documents. Damien Lynn was pronounced dead at Eastern Maine Medical Center an hour later.
Anziani told police the child fell down the interior apartment stairs. The autopsy found that the boy’s injuries, which included broken bones, head injuries and a human bite mark on his right arm, “could not be explained in a simple fall down six or seven steps.”
When Metzger heard the news of Anziani’s capture Monday, she sent an e-mail to the Bangor Daily News stating, “i started cryin tears of joy because now he cant harm no other children and dbug is getting his justice. i was informed that he was tryin to get 2 the dominican republic.”
When asked what she would say to Anziani, she responded, “I want him to suffer the way he made my sweet baby boy suffer. D did nothin 2 him.”
Metgzer said her son was a fun-loving child who loved to smile and look at himself in the mirror.
“Ur all I think about, ur all i see, if i could id give up my own life for u,” she wrote on her Facebook page Friday.
A candlelight vigil in memory of Damien Lynn is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Cascade Park in Bangor.