Glen Burnie man charged with threats to officials

Man threatened to shoot state official

August 10, 2012|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Annapolis police charged a 37-year-old Glen Burnie man Friday with threatening a state official.

James Armstead also faces two counts of phone misuse. The charges stem from phone calls Armstead made Tuesday to the Anne Arundel County Office of Child Support Enforcement in Annapolis.

Armstead called the office and threatened to kill employees and himself. The suspect spoke of a "Batman"-style shooting, referring to the Aurora, Colo., movie theater incident last month, police said. He said he would bring an AK-47 or other military-style weapons to the office on Calvert Street, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Armstead and police obtained a search and seizure warrant for his residence in the 400 block of Glen Mar Road, near Crain Highway. Police executed the warrant without incident and found no weapons. They did recover evidence that indicated the suspect had made inquiries about how he might puchase an AK-47. Armstead was taken into custody at his home. He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $60,000 bond.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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