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Second suspect charged in 'bottle bomb' incident

Authorities have arrested a second suspect believed to be connected to a series of "bottle bomb" incidents at movie theaters in the Baltimore and Washington metro areas in recent weeks.

Michael Sean Hollingsworth, 23, of Takoma Park, was charged Friday with two felony counts of manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture a destructive device in connection with a May 24th incident at the Magic Johnson Theatres in Largo.

He is being held without bail and did not have an attorney listed in court records.

Another man, Manuel Joyner-Bell Jr., 20, of Bowie was charged May 31 with one felony count of use or manufacture of a destructive device and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment in connection to the March 8 bottle bombing at the Cinemark Egyptian 24 Theatre at Arundel Mills Mall.

Joyner-Bell was also charged in connection with the Largo theater incident.

In the Arundel Mills incident, the theater was evacuated after patrons heard a bang. Police found the remains of juice bottle that had been filled with fireworks. No one was injured.

Hollingsworth has not been charged in that incident. Police say the investigation remains open, and authorities in Montgomery County, Fairfax County, Va. and Alexandria are also investigating bottle bombing reports.

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