Crime, Police/Fire

Man arrested after attempting to blow up Middle River gas station

MIDDLE RIVER, MD—Police in Baltimore County have arrested a man for attempted arson in Middle River after he tried to blow up a gas station.

At just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, officers responded to the Royal Farms store located in the 12500-block of Eastern Avenue (21220) for a report of a disturbance. At the scene, authorities found that a man had left the store after refusing to pay for an item.

The man returned shortly thereafter, removed a fire extinguisher from a gas pump, and discharged it in the parking lot. He then grabbed the gas pump nozzles from numerous pumps and forcefully struck them against the sides of the pump terminals.

Afterward, he tried to ignite numerous gas pumps while threatening to set the station on fire. Police found him a short distance away with the fire extinguisher.

Evan Wendell Hunt, 26, of no fixed address, was arrested and has been charged with attempted second-degree arson, threat of arson, and various other charges.

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Hunt is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a “no bail” status pending a bail hearing.

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