Man held in blowtorch barricade to be evaluated

The 45-year-old man arrested Friday after a barricade incident in which police say he singed an officer with a makeshift blowtorch was ordered held without bond pending a psychological evaluation. 

Sean Lee made his first appearance in court Monday at a bail review hearing at Central Booking, and appeared dazed and struggled to keep his eyes open. At one point, District Court Judge Jamey Hueston asked if he was all right. 

Lee, who does not appear to have a prior criminal record in Maryland, lived in the Northeast Baltimore high-rise apartment where the incident took place. Police said officers responded for a report that Lee was breaking into a neighbor's apartment, and Lee sprayed a makeshift blowtorch made from an aerosol can. The building's sprinkler system went off, requiring the evacuation of many senior residents there, police said. 

A District Court commissioner ordered Lee held on $500,000 bond.

At Central Booking on Monday morning, Lee stood up and told Hueston he understood the charges against him, but a public defender asked for a postponement, saying after meeting with Lee he "believed that there are some psychological issues."

Hueston ordered the evaluation, and granted Assistant State's Attorney David Chiu request that Lee be held without bond in the meantime.

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