Police: Laurel Man Made Fake Bomb, Threatened to Blow Up Shed Over Skype
The 24-year-old resident of Barbersville Road was arrested at his home on Saturday.
Anne Arundel County Police say they arrested a Laurel man on Saturday after he allegedly made a fake bomb and threatened to blow up a shed outside his house.
Aaron David Wyatt, 24, of the 400 block of Barbersville Road was charged with manufacturing a phony destructive device and making a threat of arson.
Police said they received an initial report that a male suspect had issued threats over Skype—an online communication platform—to "blow up a shed in order to harm himself and others."
Authorities determined that the messages were being sent from a computer in the 400 block of Barbersville Road, according to police.
When they responded to the scene, officers reportedly found Wyatt in a shed outside of his home. Police said he was using Skype and making what appeared to be a bomb.
The officers evacuated themselves and Wyatt from the shed without disturbing the device, according to police, and explosives experts from the Anne Arundel County Fire Marshal's Office were called to the scene.
Investigators eventually determined that the item was a fake bomb, police said.
Wyatt was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.