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Westminster man charged with threatening arson

Craig Mullineaux

A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening to burn down another man's home.

Craig Mullineaux, 42, of the 1300 block of Bachmans Valley Road, is charged with one misdemeanor count of making a threat of arson, according to electronic court records.


Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies responded just after 6 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Bachmans Valley Road for a welfare check, according to charging documents.

A man there told police he had been washing his car when Mullineaux entered that man's backyard and began screaming at him, "I'll [expletive] cut your throat," and "I'll burn these buildings down starting with your house," according to charging documents.


Mullineaux was arrested at 7:27 p.m. and taken to Carroll County Central Booking, according to charging documents.

Reached by phone for a comment, Mullineaux said he has been trying to read and to write and to study, and that the work being done by other people in his neighborhood has become too much for him and that he snapped.

"It seems like things in the community are getting a little crazy, a little hectic. It got to be too much and I said something I shouldn't have said," Mullineaux said. "I am going to counseling. It was just a bad day."

In 2017, Mullineaux was arrested for making a threat against Carroll Community College, saying he wanted to turn it "into a pile of rubble," but according to electronic court records, that case was moved to stet docket, meaning the case is not being actively pursued by the state.