Grenade found in apartment was fake

tenant charged

December 14, 2011

CASCADE — A Washington County man was charged Tuesday after a fake hand grenade was found in an apartment on MacAfee Hill Road, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release.

Philip Charles Taylor, 58, the tenant of the apartment in the 14300 block of MacAfee Hill Road, was charged with manufacture of a phony destructive device and possession of a phony destructive device, according to the news release.

If convicted, Taylor faces penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment and/or $20,000 in fines, the release said.

He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center and was awaiting a review before a district court commissioner, according to the release issued Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the property owner and a a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy found what appeared to be a hand grenade while serving an eviction notice at the MacAfee Hill Road apartment, the release said.

Bomb technicians from the state fire marshal’s office were called to the scene at about 4:20 p.m. After performing render safe procedures on the suspected grenade, they determined it to be an inert, nonexplosive device, the release said.

The tenant, Taylor, was located at an address in the 13000 block of Ritchie Road. He was arrested without incident, according to the release.

Maryland State Police assisted with the investigation.

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