By David Collins
CARNEY, Maryland (WBAL) – Baltimore County police have identified a husband and wife who have been charged after a suspicious package was discovered on Tuesday that prompted the evacuation of schools and homes.
Joseph Vickery, 43, has been charged with multiple charges related to possession of explosive devices. He was also charged with drug and firearms offences. His wife, Kristen Vickery, 39, was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
The investigation began in Mount Airy and spread to Pine Grove Middle School in Carney and a motel in Woodlawn.
Police say the mother-in-law who reported a theft told them about the explosives. This victim of theft is the stepmother of Joseph Vickery, with whom he argued.
“He had a family member that he was aiming at potentially being a victim of this,” Mount Airy Police Chief Doug Reitz told the 11 News I-Team.
The mother-in-law told police her daughter had texted her saying: ‘(I don’t know) what the psycho (expletive) is up to. I saw him researching how to make flash bombs. He has a rifle and a crossbow. He just bought more.
“She also sent photos of him converting the materials into what are believed to be explosives,” Reitz said.
The mother-in-law told authorities that Joseph Vickery had no fixed address and may have stayed at a motel in Colombia. A Mount Airy police officer is credited with preventing a tragedy when he called the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Howard County Police.
“He took it upon himself to do a little more research, and basically when he accepted his claims, he took it to the next level and contacted the FBI and the ATF,” Reitz said.
Pipe bomb found in truck parked near school Police said they found a pipe bomb Tuesday morning on the floor of Joseph Vickery’s van that was parked near Pine Grove Middle School.
“(Joseph Vickery) worked for an electrical company that was contracted to do electrical work (at the school),” Reitz said.
Police said detectives believe it did not appear the school was the intended target in the incident.
Investigators said Joseph Vickery told them he planned to detonate the device in a remote area. Investigators said they believe Joseph Vickery was going to detonate the device possibly to test it, possibly in an open field at school.
According to police charging documents obtained by I-Team, Joseph Vickery conducted an online search for improvised explosive devices and purchased the material from two local big-box stores, including parts from a car. kid’s radio control to detonate the bomb remotely.
How police say they found the suspects Howard County said it received a cell tower ping that put Joseph Vickery in a motel in Woodlawn.
Police said they saw Kristen Vickery at the motel throwing away trash bags filled with bomb-making materials. State investigators also found receipts at the motel.
“If we hadn’t acted so quickly and involved the other authorities and agencies as we have, it’s entirely conceivable that we would be dealing with a different set of circumstances that might have happened. end in major tragedy,” Reitz said.
Both Vickerys remain being held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review scheduled for Thursday in Baltimore County District Court in Towson.
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