Troopers: Man had fake Molotov cocktail, claimed home was booby trapped

Jeremy Arthur LeClaire

MCHENRY — A Massachusetts man arrested Tuesday told 911 dispatchers he was homicidal and suicidal before barricading himself inside a Garrett County home he claimed was booby trapped, Maryland State Police said.

When troopers arrived at the Arrowhead Lane home in McHenry, Jeremy Arthur LeClaire, 35, of Worcester, reportedly exited the residence holding what police said appeared to be a Molotov cocktail.

LeClaire reportedly laid the suspected device on the front porch after allegedly verbally threatening officers and retreated to the residence, where he barricaded himself inside.

Troopers said attempts to get LeClaire to exit the home were unsuccessful, but he eventually fled out the back door and entered an adjacent residence. He was arrested shortly thereafter.

Once in custody, LeClaire, who police said is a temporary Garrett County resident, allegedly kicked and damaged electronics equipment inside a police vehicle.

He was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for an emergency evaluation.

On Wednesday, LeClaire was served warrants charging him with possessing a phoney destructive device, fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property. An Allegany County District Court commissioner ordered him jailed pending his next hearing.

He was being held in the Garrett County Jail on Wednesay night.


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