Updated 6 p.m.
A teen was planning a school shooting in Towson, but he’s now in custody after being caught breaking into cars over the weekend, according to Baltimore County police.
According to the statement, a Baltimore County teen told investigators that he intended to kill people at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.
On Saturday, explosive devices and a gun were found at the 16-year-old sophomore’s home in Monkton. The boy later told investigators he intended to kill people at the school.
Police initially tracked down the boy because he was a suspect in a string of vehicle break-ins that occurred Saturday night on York Rd. When an officer went to the boy’s home to interview him, he learned of the school shooting plot. More police then descended on the home, and found three explosive devices, a gun and other tools and parts that could have been used to make more explosives.
Police did not specify what kind of devices were found, but said, “These were crude, homemade devices made of readily available components.”
“The first responding officer in this case did an exceptional job of police work, and thanks to his diligence we intervened in what could have been an extremely serious situation,” said Police Chief Jim Johnson.
The boy was not identified because he is a juvenile. He was sent to the Charles Hickey School, a juvenile detention center for boys in Parkville, for an emergency evaluation.
UPDATE (6 p.m.): Police identified the suspect, and announced that he has been charged as an adult.
Sash Alexander Nemphos was charged with the following:
- Destructive device
- Dangerous weapon on school property
- Theft less than $100
- Theft less than $1,000
- Theft: $1,000 to under $10,000
- Handgun possession
He is now being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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