Man allegedly threatens to blow up, burn down Safeway
CHESTER — A Lutherville man was charged with arson threat and disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening to kill Safeway employees and blow up and burn down the store.
Deputies were called to the Safeway store at 11:25 a.m. Oct. 4 after a report of a customer threatening employees. A customer, later identified as Michael Patrick Holliday, 41, of Lutherville, was unhappy because he felt that the cashier wasn’t cashing his lottery tickets fast enough, police said. Holliday became belligerent, called the cashier a racial slur and made threats of bombing and arson, police said.
He was not there when deputies arrived. They put out a bulletin with his description and a short time later a caller from Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department said he might be in the rear parking lot at the fire house. Deputies responded and took arrested him.
A search found Holliday had 15 to 20 books of matches and small amount of black power wrapped in t-shirt on him, police said.
Holliday was released on $10,000 bail Oct. 5.
A trial is set for Dec. 22 in Queen Anne’s County District Court.
MICHAEL PATRICK HOLLIDAY