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Charges are pending against a 20-year-old man who assaulted an acquaintance with a chemical spray last night at the Towson Town Center.

The exact type of chemical spray has not been determined but it appears similar to mace or pepper spray, housed in a canister for personal protection.

Fire and Police Department personnel responded to the Towson Town Center in the 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road at about 8:15 p.m. for a report of a possible chemical irritant  in the mall, on the third floor. EMS personnel promptly evaluated about a half dozen people who had been affected by the irritant. One -- a pregnant woman -- was transported to The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a precautionary measure. Several other people refused medical transport, including the man who told police that the suspect deliberately sprayed him with the chemical.

This victim told police that the suspect -- a friend -- confronted him on the third floor of the mall and quickly pulled out a small canister, spraying him with the chemical.

Assault charges are pending against the suspect, who will be identified once he is formally charged.

Fire Department units cleared the scene by about 9:20 p.m.

Update, May 3, 2016:

Booking photo of Charles Muchanic, charged with trespassing.The suspect in this case is Charles J. Muchanic, 43, of the 800 block of Cove Mountain Road, Gladstone, VA, 24553. He is charged with one count of trespass. Muchanic was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

Original release:

A man is in custody following a barricade in the 10900 block of Notchcliff Road in Parkville. The man was not armed and there were no injuries.

At 11 a.m., a security alarm was activated in the building that houses the armory at the Maryland National Guard property. Army personnel responded to the alarm, and after observing a male subject they called police. Because of the sensitive location, police dispatched the Negotiations Team and the Tactical Unit.

The man exited the armory without incident after speaking with police and was immediately taken into custody. The suspect will be sent for evaluation, and charges are pending.

At no point did the suspect have access to the weapons in the armory, which are stored in a secure vault.

A 26-year-old man was injured Saturday in a shooting in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens.

Police responded to the call for a shooting just after 4 p.m. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

The investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit is ongoing. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016