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Keyword: threat of arson

booking photo of Evan Wendell HuntBaltimore County Police arrest one suspect for attempted arson in Middle River.

Police responded to Royal Farms in the 12500 block of Eastern Avenue, 21220 just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night for a disturbance. The initial investigation revealed that a man left the location after refusing to pay for an item.

A short time later he returned and removed a fire extinguisher from a gas pump and discharged it in the parking lot. Then he grabbed the gas pump nozzles of numerous pumps and forcefully struck them against the sides of the gas pump terminals. Afterward, he attempted to ignite numerous gas pumps while threatening to set the location on fire. Police found him a short distance away with the fire extinguisher.  

Evan Wendell Hunt (26), who has no fixed address, was arrested and is charged with attempted second degree arson, threat of arson and various other charges. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status pending a bail hearing.

Baltimore County Police have arrested a 54-year-old Catonsville woman following a lengthy multi-jurisdictional pursuit this morning.

The pursuit began around 9:23 a.m. when the woman got into her vehicle and drove across her lawn in the 600 block of Crosby Road, fleeing officers attempting to serve multiple warrants for her arrest. The suspect, identified as Tonya Jeanette Cobbs-Fox, led police from multiple jurisdictions onto westbound Interstate 70 and into Frederick County, where Sheriff's Deputies joined the pursuit and ultimately continued the pursuit after Baltimore County Police cancelled their involvement at 9:41 a.m.

Sheriff's Deputies followed Cobbs-Fox onto Route 85 and into the City of Frederick, where they successfully deployed a tire-deflation device, resulting in the slow deflation of the vehicle's front and rear driver side tires. Cobbs-Fox stopped the vehicle on the parking lot of the Exxon gas station at 400 South Jefferson Street, where she was confronted by deputies, refusing to comply with demands to exit her vehicle. A less lethal impact weapon was used to break the driver's side window and gain access to the vehicle after Cobbs-Fox was seen reaching under her seat and reaching under her shirt. Cobbs-Fox was taken into custody without further incident, and was found to be concealing a canister of pepper spray in her bra, and a large knife and "hatchet" type weapon under her driver's seat.

Baltimore County units responded to the Exxon and took custody of Cobbs-Fox, returning her to Baltimore County for the service of two warrants. She is also charged with a number of traffic offenses related to the pursuit in Baltimore County. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office will seek charges pertaining to traffic related violations and the weapons violations.

Today's events were preceded by an incident on June 15 in which Cobbs-Fox responded unprompted to a neighbor's home and began pounding on the front door just after 2 a.m. When she got no response, she began striking two cars in the neighbor's driveway with her foot and another object, leaving damage to both vehicles. A warrant for her arrest was issued in this incident.

A second incident with the same neighbor occurred last night around 8 p.m. when she brandished a knife similar to the one discovered in her vehicle this morning, threatening to kill her neighbor and burn down their house. A second warrant was issued in this incident.

Cobbs-Fox now faces burglary, arson, assault, and a number of traffic related charges and remains in custody.

Baltimore County Police thanks the Frederick Police Department, Maryland State Police, Howard County Police, and the Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services for their assistance in this incident.

Booking photo for Tonya Jeanette Cobbs-Fox

Revised June 27, 2017