CAPE ST. CLAIRE, Md. (WUSA9) -- After a call about a suspicious vehicle, police say they found a driver with a butterfly knife on his lap and later recovered 5 other weapons, along with synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to Anne Arundel County Police, Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m. a School Resource Officer at Broadneck High School checked the area of Southview Drive and Chestnut Tree Drive as students were arriving at school. As he got there, someone called police to report a suspicious vehicle in the area.
The officer found the vehicle, say police, and as he talked to the driver he noticed a "butterfly knife" on the driver's lap. According to police, the officer grabbed the unopened knife and removed the driver from the car.
The officer then found "a glass smoking device commonly used to consume illegal drugs" on the driver's seat, say police. More officers arrived to help, say police, and they then noticed the handle of another knife in the back seat floorboard area. It was a fixed-blade knife was approximately 14 inches long, say police.
Two female passengers were also taken out of the vehicle, say police. Then, officers found more drug paraphernalia and several other edged weapons, including a black t-handle knife, a black-handled curved boot knife, and a hatchet-style knife with a multi-colored handle, say police.
In total, police say they found and seized:
- 6 edged weapons
- 5 devices fashioned to smoke controlled dangerous substances
- 2 packages of suspected synthetic marijuana
- and tobacco products
Police have charged a 23-year-old man and two 15-year-old girls.
Police say David Jordan Mahanes of Arnold is charged with unlawfully wearing/carrying a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. The teens are have juvenile citations with charges for unlawfully wearing/carrying a dangerous weapon and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Anne Arundel County police say they have stepped up patrol in the area. due to some concerns about disorderly conduct, fights, and criminal behaviors in the area known as "The Pit." The Pit is near the high school where students often gather before and after school, say police. Police also say officials at Broadneck High School reassigned more staff members to the back driveway and parking lot, and have addressed the students about behavioral expectations in the community.
Police encourage people who see suspicious or illegal behaviors in the area to call them/