September 20, 2022

UPDATE September 21, 2022 3:15 P.M.

Baltimore County detectives filed criminal charges against the two individuals in connection to the explosive device located in the area on Pine Grove Middle School and explosive device making materials in the Woodlawn area. 

On September 19, 2022, the Baltimore County Police Department was notified by the Howard County Police Department about an individual who was in possibly in possession of explosive device making materials within Baltimore County.  Officers were able to identify and detain both individuals.  Through their investigation, detectives were able to locate the vehicle containing an explosive device parked across the street from Pine Grove Middle School and determine the location of the explosive making materials on Whitehead Court.  

43-year-old Joseph Vickery has been charged with several possession of explosive device-related charges, with CDS possession with intent to distribute and firearm-related charges, which stem from illicit drugs and a weapon detectives discovered in the defendants’ vehicle which was parked across the street from the school.

39-year-old Kristen Vickery has also been charged CDS possession with intent to distribute.

Both are currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

 Through detectives investigation it does not appear that the school was the intended target during this incident.


ORIGINAL September 20, 2022

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Baltimore County Police officers arrested one person in connection to a suspicious package located in the area of Pine Grove Middle School. During the evacuation of the school, BCoPD members worked closely with administrators to ensure the safe evacuation and reunification of students. Officers made an additional arrest in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court. At this point no other individuals are being sought, all roadways are reopened and there is no continued threat to the public. The Police Department will have an increased presence at Baltimore County Schools when students return on Wednesday. This matter remains under investigation.