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Man charged with damaging hoses at CVS fire

Maryland State Fire Marshal officials were looking for help locating a "suspect of interest" who they say was observed in the area using a knife to stab holes in a pressurized fire hose.
Maryland State Fire Marshal officials were looking for help locating a "suspect of interest" who they say was observed in the area using a knife to stab holes in a pressurized fire hose.(Courtesy of Maryland State Fire Marshal)

State fire marshals have charged a man they believe punctured a fire hose at the scene of a fire in Baltimore on Monday night.

Greg Bailey, 22, was charged with obstructing firefighting operations, malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment, the State Fire Marshal's office announced Friday night.

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Bailey was already being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on unrelated charges.

The fire marshals credited social media with helping identify Bailey as the suspect in the crime. A Baltimore police officers recognized pictures of the suspect that were circulated online and on social media, and contacted fire marshals.

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Since Monday, investigators have been searching for the person responsible for puncturing fire hoses as firefighters tried to extinguish a fire at the CVS pharmacy at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania avenues during the height of Monday's violence and rioting.

The suspect — who wore a distinctive gray and red hooded sweatshirt and a gas mask — was captured on video puncturing the fire hoses.

Online court records indicate that a 22-year-old man named Greg Bailey from the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood was charged Tuesday with second-degree escape, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and attempted theft of less than $100. The circumstances surrounding that arrest were not immediately available.

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