Officer, 4 others survive bomb blast Device placed on front porch BALTIMORE COUNTY

November 06, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police are combing through arrest files looking for a motive in the pipe-bombing of a home where a county patrol officer was living temporarily with his mother.

"Any time you have this happen to a police officer, you start out with the assumption that it's work-related," said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman. The house, in Country Ridge Estates off Back River Neck Road, was placed under police surveillance.

The pipe bomb exploded on the front porch shortly after 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

Inside were the 34-year-old officer, his mother, and his sister's three children, ages 3, 6 and 7, who were staying overnight at their grandmother's house.

All were asleep at the time, and no one was injured.

The force of the explosion did cause some property damage, blowing in a pair of front windows and twisting a screen door and an aluminum awning.

Sergeant Doarnberger said there was no fire but the bomb "was pretty powerful; they found debris from the bomb 60 feet away."

The officer, who has 11 years on the force, had been staying with his mother while his own home was being built, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

The officer's sister and brother-in-law, the three children's parents, were at work when the bombing occurred.

The brother-in-law is also a police officer, currently assigned as a patrolman in the Essex district.

Sergeant Doarnberger declined to identify either officer by name. He did say that both men have made numerous arrests, but that neither has been involved in any cases that would seem to have provided a motive for the bombing.

"There's nothing about either officer that jumps out from anything they've been doing lately," Sergeant Doarnberger said.

The second officer was not believed to have been a target.

Still, police investigators were reviewing that officer's records as well.

According to a witness, just after the bombing a man wearing dark clothing got into a two-door, red or maroon mid-size car near the house.

Last night, police were looking for a thin white male about age 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with sandy-brown, receding hair.

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