Man arrested, charged after incident at bank


State police charged a Baltimore County man with attempted robbery of a Gamber bank and weapons counts late Wednesday, several hours after he was arrested near Westminster with a loaded .22-caliber revolver, a Chinese assault-type rifle with a bayonet and a pipe bomb, troopers said.

Troopers stopped Christopher D. Taggart, 29, of the 17900 block of Marshall Mill Road at gunpoint on Route 97 between Route 32 and Hook Road, about six miles from a Westminster Bank & Trust Co. branch where an employee called police.

State police reported that Mr. Taggart had a .22-caliber revolver in the waistband of his pants, plus a Chinese SKS 7.62-caliber rifle with a bayonet, a pipe bomb, a "hoax" bomb and a ski mask in the open bed of his Isuzu pickup truck. Police said they also found clippings on the Oklahoma City bombing, papers describing how to make a bomb and a box of rifle ammunition in the pickup.

Troopers charged Mr. Taggart with two counts each of attempted robbery of the Gamber bank and possession of a handgun.

He also was charged with manufacturing and possessing a pipe bomb, manufacturing and possessing a device resembling an explosive, and impersonating a police officer.

Mr. Taggart was held in lieu of $100,000 bond by a District Court commissioner pending a bail review hearing before a judge today.

Officers said Mr. Taggart was wearing a homemade law enforcement-type uniform, black combat boots and a white shirt with a removable shoulder patch.

Technicians from the state fire marshal's office recovered the bombs and took them to the Northern Carroll County Landfill to disarm them, police said.

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