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Baltimore County Police have charged a volunteer firefighter after explosive devices were detonated behind an elementary school in Dundalk last weekend.

Police responded to Berkshire Elementary School at 7431 Poplar Avenue, 21224 just after midnight Saturday morning, November 17, for a report of an explosion. Members of the Baltimore County Police Hazardous Devices Team responded to the scene and located evidence of a small package explosion on a bench behind the school. Investigators also obtained surveillance video of the incident that depicted a suspect placing a box on the bench, igniting the box and running away.

Similar calls were received late Monday night at the same location for possible shots fired or an explosion heard. Investigators located a charred area and debris near a tree behind Berkshire Elementary School around 11:38 p.m. At that time, an officer canvassing the area located a suspicious subject in an alley behind the school, identifying him as Anthony Dale Reed (20) of the 500 block of 48th Street, 21224. Reed was carrying a scanner and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter. He was questioned and released at the scene.

Bomb Technician Officers and Detectives from the Arson Investigation Team collaborated on the investigations and positively identified the suspect seen on school surveillance as Anthony Reed.

Additionally, detectives from the Dundalk Precinct began collaborating with the Hazardous Devices Team on a call they were investigating for a bomb threat on November 15 in which the caller threatened to activate a destructive device in the Berkshire community. None was located in that incident. The investigation into this has also identified Reed as the suspect.

Reed, who police have confirmed is an active volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County, is charged with the following:

  • Manufacture/Possess/Distribute a Destructive Device
  • Possession of Explosive/Incendiary Material with Intent to Create Destructive Device
  • 2nd Degree Malicious Burning
  • Trespassing on School Grounds
  • Threat of Arson

Reed was arrested at his home on a warrant around 7:30 p.m. last night. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a series of overnight vehicle fires in the Bowleys Quarters area as arson.

Police and Fire Department units responded to four different calls for vehicle fires between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., involving damage to six vehicles. Two incidents occurred in the 400 block of Carrollwood Road, causing damage to a Cadillac at one location and a Chrysler at another. In the 300 block of Carroll Island Road units were dispatched to a boat fire but discovered that a Jeep parked behind the boat was actually set on fire. In the 3700 block of White Pine Road an Infiniti and a Suzuki motor bike were set on fire, causing additional fire damage to a Chrysler parked nearby.

Detectives believe that these incidents may be related due to the time frame and area of the fires, but have not yet determined if one or more suspects are responsible for the fires.

The Baltimore County FID unit is continuing the investigation into these fires. Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 410-307-2020.

Update: 1/26/18 11:00 a.m.

Photo of Daquane Antonio Ray. Police have charged the 16-year-old Catonsville boy as an adult. Daquane Antonio Ray has been charged with first degree arson, first degree malicious burning, two counts of first degree assault, second degree assault and theft charges. Ray will be held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections.

Original Release: 1/25/18 2:34 p.m.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a string of crimes committed by a 16-year-old boy this morning in the Catonsville area.

Just after 10:30 a.m. Baltimore County Fire and Police Departments were called to the 900-block of Bardswell Road, 21228 for a house fire. Information was received that the fire was intentionally set by the suspect. Fire Department Engine 13 (Westview) was the first on the scene of the fire and found smoke showing. Firefighters contained the fire in less than 10 minutes and did not find anyone inside the house.

Police then received a call that the suspect was carrying some type of weapon and chasing a man on Bardswell Road in the direction of Johnnycake Elementary School. This was followed by a call from the elementary school that the suspect, who could be seen wearing a mask, walked into the school building. The suspect did not have a weapon when he walked into the school. Police determined that the 16-year-old gained access and attempted to steal property from inside the building. He left the school without incident after being approached by school officials. Once outside the building, the suspect was followed by school officials and taken into custody by police in the area of Vanderwood Road, 21228. Officers are continuing their investigation and expect to place charges against the juvenile. 

Revised June 27, 2017