Molotov cocktail prompts evacuation of Elkton courthouse

June 27, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The District Court in Elkton was evacuated yesterday while a robotic device removed a homemade explosive brought there by a couple telling of a neighbor's threats to blow up the town Police Department.

Police said the incident led to the arrest of Duane Steven Crapo, 19, and the evacuation of an apartment complex where authorities seized more explosive material from Crapo's residence on East Main Street.

Crapo was charged with the manufacture and possession of a Molotov cocktail, the assembly of an explosive device and three counts of reckless endangerment, police said. He was also charged with threatening the Elkton Police Department Monday night with the detonation of an explosive.

His bail was set at $50,000, and he was held last night at the Cecil County Detention Center.

The couple -- whose names were not divulged -- arrived at the courthouse about 8: 40 a.m. carrying a Molotov cocktail, said Elkton police Lt. Charles W. Jagoe.

"The man waited outside of the building and the woman went in and walked up to an officer and explained that they lived down the street and knew a gentleman that was threatening to blow up the Elkton Police Department," Jagoe said.

Jagoe said the court officer contacted the police and the state fire marshal's office bomb squad.

The courthouse was evacuated for about 3 1/2 hours, Jagoe said.

Jagoe said that police have received numerous complaints about Crapo and that he was arrested more than a week ago after allegedly making arson threats against the department.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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