Man arrested near UMB after explosive is found

CRIME WATCH

July 23, 2008|By A SUN REPORTER

A man who was stopped yesterday morning and questioned by a police officer near the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus was arrested after a makeshift explosive device fell from his knapsack when he fought with the officer, authorities said.

The man was being questioned by detectives, and charges had not been filed yesterday evening. His name was not released.

Sterling Clifford, a Baltimore police spokesman, said the man was stopped by the university officer in the 800 block of W. Baltimore St. about 7:30 a.m. "The man was clutching his side as if he was trying to conceal a weapon," Clifford said.

The university officer told the man ghat he was going to search him, and Clifford said the man fought back. During the scuffle, Clifford said, the man's backpack fell to the pavement and "a small explosive device fell out."

The spokesman would not describe the device further, saying only that it "would have been unable to do serious damage." About 11:30 a.m., Baltimore police bomb squad members detonated the device.

Clifford said that police from the University of Maryland, Baltimore are expected to file assault charges, and city police would charge the man with possessing an explosive device.

The suspect was arrested about one block west of the main downtown campus, and Clifford said the motive "does not appear to [be] anything related to the university."

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