UPDATED: Plot to blow up military recruiting station in Catonsville


Authorities say a person has been arrested in the Baltimore area for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore, does not name the person, but she says the suspect will appear in court at 2 p.m. today before U.S. District Magistrate James Bredar.

An FBI spokesman also confirmed the arrest. They did not provide any more details.

ABC News reported the suspect’s name is Antonio Martinez, who called himself Muhammed Hussain.

WBAL News has learned the suspect’s arrest was involved in a plot similar to a thwarted bombing plot at a Christmas tree lighting in Portland,Oregon late last month.

A senior law enforcement source told CBS News that the suspect had an inert explosive device that he was planning to use at a military recruitment center in Catonsville.


A federal official tells CBS News the suspect in the alleged recruitment center bomb plot is a 21 year old man.

The official says the suspect had been “mouthing off” to friends and wanted to “retaliate against the military for the wars.”

This is a fairly recent investigation that started in September.

Statement from U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

“A Baltimore man has been arrested this morning in connection with a scheme to attack an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Maryland, with what he believed to be vehicle bomb. There was no actual danger to the public as the explosives were inert and the suspect had been carefully monitored by law enforcement for months. There is no evidence this individual is tied to the recent shootings at military recruiting centers in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Google Maps lists a few possible locations that could have been the target:

US Coast Guard Recruiting
6499 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD

US Naval Recruiting
820 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD

Military Recruiter
130 Mellor Avenue, Catonsville, MD

US Air Force Recruiting
818 Frederick Rd # B, Catonsville, MD

US Marine Corps Recruiting
818 Frederick Rd # A, Catonsville, MD

Catonsville Patch has more.

UPDATE: Bryan Sears reports that:

The Armed Forces Career Center, located at 5439 Baltimore Nation [sic] Pike, houses Army, Marines and Air Force recruiting offices. On Wednesday afternoon, the blinds were down and no one was seen coming in and out of the station. Television cameras and reporters arrived to the shopping center, which also includes a Forman Mills store, a beauty supply store and an auto parts store.

Google Street View of the shopping center is below

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