Troopers arrest man armed with bayonet and a pipe bomb


A man armed with a loaded .22-caliber Ruger revolver, a Chinese 7.62 mm assault type rifle with bayonet, a pipe bomb, a "hoax" bomb and wearing a homemade law enforcement-type uniform was arrested by state police after an employee of a Gamber bank called police yesterday.

Lt. Gregory M. Shipley, state police spokesman, said a man entered the Westminster Bank and Trust branch at Routes 91 and 32 shortly before 3 p.m. and after a short wait, left abruptly when another customer entered the bank.

An employee of the bank notified state police and provided them with a description of the white Isuzu pickup truck the man was driving.

State police first notified a trooper to patrol near two banks in Finksburg at Routes 91 and 140.

Soon after, police learned the truck was headed north on Route 32 toward Westminster.

Within minutes, Cpl. J. Scott McCauley, an off-duty officer who was driving south on Route 97, saw the pickup truck make a right turn from Route 32 to go north on Route 97. The officer pulled across the double yellow divider line to block the truck.

"I drove directly in front of the truck and when he stopped I got out of my patrol vehicle and 'pulled down on him' as [Tfc.] Gary Lang arrived and handcuffed the man," Corporal McCauley said.

The officers found the revolver in the man's waistband and the rifle and the bombs in the open bed of the pickup.

A ski mask was also discovered in the truck.

When troopers found the so-called hoax bomb, which appeared to be road flares with wires wrapped around them, they called the state fire marshal.

The man, dressed in a security officer or police officer type uniform, wore black military boots with a white shirt and a removable shoulder patch.

Corporal McCauley praised residents along Route 32 who were monitoring police scanners and called the Westminster barracks when the pickup truck passed their homes, keeping police informed of its direction.

The officer said the man made no move for his weapon.

Deputy fire marshal Ted Meminger, a bomb expert, was called to the scene on Route 97 just north of Route 32, by Deputy Fire Marshal Skip Adams, while State Highway Administration employees blocked the road between Sykesville Road and Hook Road.

The road was closed for more than two hours.

Investigators said the man likely would be charged with deadly weapon charges after questioning last night. He was also wanted for questioning for impersonating an officer in the past, police said.

Police had not released the identity of the suspect as of yesterday evening.

The pipe bomb and hoax bomb were taken from the site for destruction, according to the fire marshal's office.

No one was injured.

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