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Mt. Airy Man Charged With Making Threats To South Carroll High

Mt. Airy Man Charged With Making Threats To South Carroll High

A Mount Airy man is charged with making threats to the students at South Carroll High School last month. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office says Timothy Edgar Baker, 20, is charged with making false statements about a destructive device, threat of arson, repeated telephone misuse and possession of marijuana.

Baker was taken into custody on Monday after a search and seizure warrant was served at his home in the 2600 block Walston Road. Authorities took his cell phone, and some personal use quantities of marijuana.

On March 20th, officials at South Carroll High School received a non-specific telephone threat. They received four other calls, one saying that students leaving the building would be shot, and the school would "turn into another Columbine." The State Police Barrack in Westminster also received a call that a friend of a mentally unstable student was planing to shoot South Carroll High School students.

A decision was made to release the high school buses, keeping the students in place while middle and elementary schools bus routes were completed.

The school was put on lockdown while deputies, state troopers and officers from the Sykesville Police searched the area around the school, and every room and backpack. Students and staff were released after nothing was found, and the threat was found to be a hoax.

Investigators say they were able to trace phone calls to Baker, and he was arrested on Monday.

Authorities say Baker denied setting off an explosive device or having a gun at the school. He told investigators that an acquaintance thought it would be fun to see the police response.

Baker is being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

The Sheriff's Office says the investigation is continuing and other charges may be filed.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Detective Youman at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2571, or the Anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP {8477}.


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