Police officers serving an arrest warrant on a Hampden man yesterday stumbled across several weapons and suspicious chemicals that prompted authorities to close a city block and evacuate several houses.
The incident began about 7:45 a.m. when Howard County police officers, accompanied by city police, attempted to serve an arrest warrant charging a man with felony theft. The officers entered a rowhouse in the 3400 block of Roland Ave. and discovered items in the house that concerned them, according to a county police spokeswoman.
The Baltimore Police Department's bomb squad and the Fire Department's hazardous materials task force were called to the scene, which was two blocks south of 36th Street, a shopping area known as "The Avenue."
Through the morning and afternoon, police and fire officials could be seen carrying objects from the house while some firefighters donned chemical suits before they entered the dwelling.
Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman, said police removed several firearms, including a machine gun, an inert hand grenade and material that may have been an inert explosive. Five rowhouses on either side of the house were evacuated as a safety precaution, he said.
The warrant was issued for stolen household items, Cartwright said.
Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard County police spokeswoman, said the man was detained by Howard County police and was taken to the county detention center. He was identified as Jonathan S. Hollands, 39, of the 3400 block of Roland Ave.