Chris A. Walden, 46, has the distinction of taking a Chihuahua hostage and lighting a love seat on fire as part of his alleged criminal conduct. What makes it even more bizarre is that this conduct was allegedly due to the failure of a check to clear for him.
He reportedly was trying to collect $330 that he had loaned a woman living at a mobile home but was told that her check had not cleared. He then held the Chihuahua, Bandit, hostage. The also assaulted the three human victims with a knife and lit a couch on fire.
Walden appears a real piece of work — having allegedly just three days earlier beat his girlfriend and stole her car. The girlfriend then went to police with a shoe box containing a pipe covered in crack cocaine residue. Walden has robbery convictions dating back to 1996 in Baltimore City and was sentenced to 40 years for a 2006 robbery.
Eventually, one of the occupants were able to escape and called police. Walden was at large as police searched for him. Bandit was reportedly hidden to prevent Walden from hurting the dog.