A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury awarded $65,000 to the victim in the civil case brought against Seagram’s property manager John Vontran. The civil action stemmed from an eviction gone awry.
The Baltimore Post first covered this story back in February 2015. Following our initial investigation, the Post received additional information that Baltimore County Deputy Sheriff Walter Weiss was involved in the case.
The victim had been living in an apartment at the Sea Horse Inn located on Wise Avenue in Dundalk, Maryland. As the Post first reported, Mr. Vontran–acting as the property manager of the apartments–attempted to evict the woman from her apartment.
According to reports, the victim was facing an eventual eviction; however, the property owners chose to bypass the standard procedures. The victim received a suspicious phone call at work to determine that she was not at home. She became concerned and rushed home to find the two defendants inside her apartment removing her property. She immediately contacted the Baltimore County Police.
The resulting BCPD Investigation led to Mr. Vontran being charged with fourth-degree burglary and destruction of property, both of which are misdemeanors. Meanwhile, Sgt. Weiss also was charged with fourth-degree burglary.
After the criminal charges had been adjudicated, the victim filed a civil lawsuit against Mr. Vontran. You can see the full results of the civil trial in the court document below.
It should also be noted that the Post filed a PIA in an effort to gather information pertinent to the case. After almost 2 years of legal wrangling involving a lawsuit we filed to obtain the documents, we decided to settle the case out of court without receiving the requested documentation.
Recently, Mr. Vontran has been involved in a political firestorm after receiving a profanity-laced phone message from Councilman Todd Crandell regarding the recent demolition of the old Seagram’s property on Sollers Point Road.
At the time of that voicemail incident, Mr. Vontran said he would release a copy of the audio to the news media. That has not happened. The Post has made several attempts to contact Mr. Vontran requesting a reply, but, as of press time, there still has been no response.
This story may be updated in the future pending motions filed by the victim or a statement from Mr.Vontran.