Man Faces 4 Years in Jail for Burning CVS During Baltimore Riots

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cvsfireThe 24-year-old man who is accused of setting the CVS at Pennsylvania Ave. and North Ave. on fire during the riots that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Raymon Carter was arrested after police identified him through video surveillance at the CVS.

According to court documents, Carter made a phone call during which he talked about going to the scene of the unrest. He was then seen on video surveillance outside of the store. After people broke in and began looting the store, cameras caught Carter lighting pills on the shelves on fire, then trying to break into the store’s pharmaceutical safe.

Raymon Carter
Raymon Carter

The camera then showed him going to a corner of the store, where he used paper products to start the fire.

After his picture was released, authorities said members of the community helped identify him.

As a result of a plea deal with the government, Carter faces four years in jail. A judge must accept the deal at a hearing on Nov. 17.

The CVS is scheduled to be rebuilt, and demolition work has already begun.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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