Original release (January 6, 2016 10:40 a.m.):
An investigation that began in Pennsylvania in September and led to the arrest of a man in Dundalk in October is now leading to additional charges in Pennsylvania.
On October 22, 2015, detectives with the Baltimore County Police Firearms Interdiction Team were notified by the Pennsylvania State Police about an investigation they were conducting into 56-year-old Howard Timothy Cofflin of the 7500 Block of Westfield Drive 21222.
Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) began an investigation into Cofflin in early September 2015 after learning he was making threats against his girlfriend and police. He had been barred from going to his home in Seven Valleys, PA by a protective order and was staying in Dundalk. On October 22, PSP received information that Cofflin had obtained the parts to build an assault rifle and intended to “take back” his home in Seven Valleys.
Investigators with Baltimore County Police learned that Cofflin was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition due to previous convictions.
On October 23, Baltimore County Police served a search and seizure warrant on Cofflin’s Dundalk home and vehicle. Recovered from Cofflin’s vehicle during the warrant service were the parts needed to make an AR-15 assault rifle, two bags of ammunition for the rifle, and two bullet proof vests. Cofflin told investigators that he planned to take back his residence in Pennsylvania and his ultimate goal was to kill his girlfriend and police.
Howard Cofflin was taken into custody on October 23 and has been charged with a firearms violation and illegal possession of ammunition. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Cofflin now faces additional charges in Pennyslvania.