Three Suspects Charged in Galesville Fire Bomb Attempt
A news release from Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Chief Michael Cox on Thursday revealed that three people are in custody for the attempted fire bombing of a home in Galesville around 1:30 a.m. on June 1.
The homeowner found the devices after hearing noises outside. County Fire and Explosives Investigators and Anne Arundel County Police were requested and responded to the scene.
The report from Cox said that fire investigators concluded that a suspicious package left in the 900 block of Galesville Road turned out to be numerous incendiary devices—also known as “Molotov Cocktails.”
Typically, a Molotov Cocktail is a crude firebomb. It will have some kind of fuel like gasoline or high-proof alcohol along with a mechanism for lighting the liquid stuffed into a bottle. Typically the mechanism is a fuel-soaked rag to ingnite just before the devce is thrown. When the bomb lands, the fuel soaked rag brings the fire to the fuel creating an explosion.
The fire report did not indicate what kind of devices were found.
Those arrested in the incident are: Alexander Lare, 17 of Churchton, Crystal Kalinowski, 19, of Annapolis and Christopher Lester, 19, of Deale.
The investigation into the incident revealed that the devices were retaliation for an earlier dispute. The report said that Lare and Kalinowski constructed two Molotov Cocktails. They met up with Lester then returned to Galesville.
On Tuesday (June 6), Fire and Explosive Investigators executed a search warrant of a home in the 5600 block of Dover Street in Churchton where Kalinowski and Lare were taken into custody without incident. Lester later turned himself in to police at the Southern District station in Edgewater.
According to the media release, the three suspects have been charged with following (Lare has been charged as an adult):
- 5 Counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder (Felony)
- 5 Counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (Felony)
- Attempted 1st Degree Arson (Felony)
- Attempted 2nd Degree Arson (Felony)
- 5 Counts Assault 1st Degree (Felony)
- 5 Counts Assault 2ndDegree (Misdemeanor)
- 5 Counts Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor)
- 2nd Degree Malicious Burning (Misdemeanor)
- 2 Counts Manufacture and Possession of a Destructive Device (Felony)
All three suspects are being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bond, pending a bail review hearing, Cox said in the release.