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Arundel officials charge Bowie man in theater 'bottle bomb' incident

Anne Arundel County Fire Department investigators say they have placed criminal charges related to an Arundel movie theater "bottle bombing" incident in March against a man being held in Prince George's County on similar charges in a Largo incident.

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

In the incident, the theater was evacuated after patrons heard a bang, and police found the remains of juice bottle that had been filled with fireworks.

Arundel fire officials said additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

Joyner-Bell is already being held at the Prince George's County Department of Corrections on a no bond status, facing charges of detonation of a destructive device in connection with a bottle bomb explosion at the Magic Johnson Theater in Largo on May 24. No one was injured.

He was arrested May 31 by investigators with the Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal as a result of a multi-jurisdictional task force including officials from Anne Arundel County Police and Fire departments. Arundel officials had said earlier this week that Joyner-Bell was a suspect in the March case, but no charges had yet been brought.

Arundel fire officials noted that the Cinemark Egyptian 24 "bottle bombing" was the first in a series of movie theater incidents which occurred in Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery County in Maryland, as well as in Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.

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