Four Arrested for Blowing up Mailbox in Merrywood Manor Neighborhood In Davidsonville

Four young men were arrested, including one juvenile, overnight in the Harwood/Davidsonville area after a mailbox was blown up and a series of gunshots or other explosions were heard by local residents.


One of the destroyed mailboxes was in Merrywood Manor in Davidsonville.

According to Anne arundel County Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy, around 1 a.m. overnight, officers from the Southern District were called to the 1500 block of Patuxent Manor Road in Davidsonville for a report of shots fired in the area. Mulcahy said that multiple calls came into the 911 call center during this time.

As officers converged on the area, police received an additional call for a mailbox being blown up. Because officers could hear the explosions, they were stopping all vehicle traffic as a result.


On Thursday, the destroyed mailbox sat in the roadway on Stocketts Run Road in Davidsonville.

On Harwood Road near Ivy Way in Harwood, police stopped a gray Toyota four-door with four male occupants. Inside the vehicle, police foun evidence that linked them to the destruction of the mailbox, at Stocketts Run Road and Wayson Road in the Merrywood Manor neighborhood.

Mulcahy said that the driver, 17, was charged as a juvenile with: driving under the influence (DUI); possession of marijuana; possession of fireworks without a permit; and manufacturing, possessing and the use of a destructive device (two counts each).

The three other occupants were also charged in the incident. They are: Arthur Corrin Reith, 19, Carter Robert Harrison, 18, and James Thomas Stevens, 19, all of Davidsonville. They were charged with:

  • Possession of marijuana,
  • Possession of fireworks without a permit,

    Arthur Reith

    Arthur Reith

  • Two counts of manufacturing a destructive device,
  • Two counts of possessing a destructive device, and
  • Two counts of  the use of a destructive device.
James Stevens

James Stevens

Arthur Reith was also charged with a controlled dangerous substance, schedule IV.

Mulcahy said that the Anne Arundel County Fire Marshall’s Office and the United States Postal

Inspector were notified. This is a join investigation to determine if the suspects are connected to any other, similar incidents in the area.

Vandalizing or intentionally damaging a United States Postal Service-designated mailbox is a federal crime. Anyone convicted of damaging or destroying a mailbox can face fines up to $250,000, jail time—up to three years for each act of vandalism, and community service.

Carter Harrison

Carter Harrison

These federal penalties can be in addition to any penalties for state crimes including property destruction or vandalism.

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I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to or call me at 301-906-4767.


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