A 31-year-old Cockeysville man was arrested on April 2 and charged with first-degree assault after an incendiary device was thrown onto a moving car on Paper Mill Road in Cockeysville, according to Baltimore County Police.
Police said a man driving eastbound on Paper Mill Road called 911 at 3:17 p.m. on April 2 to report a lighted object had been thrown onto the car in front of him.
The witness said he saw a white male wearing a red and black jacket throw what looked like a brown bottle that was on fire from trees by the side of the road. He said the object hit the car in front of him and exploded into a large fireball. He said flames traveled over the roof and down the rear window. An area of grass by the roadside also caught on fire, he said.
The driver of the 2006 black Honda that was struck by the item was not injured, police said.
The witness told police the man who threw the device ran toward several residences on nearby Silversage Court.
According to police, officers from the Cockeysville precinct followed footprints in wet grass that led to a rear patio in the unit block of Silversage Court. An officer looked in the rear sliding door and saw a red and black jacked on an inside pool table.
Police found Jason Schneider, 31, at home and brought him to the accident scene. After an investigation and discussion with the witness, police arrested Schneider and took him to the Cockeysville precinct for processing.
A search of the road turned up a device the police report described as a "black plastic smoke grenade container" with two metal caps weighted down with pennies, and held together with duct tape.
The county's Hazardous Devise/Bomb Squad unit and Arson unit were brought to the scene to assist with the investigation.