The anonymous call reporting a bomb at South Carroll High School set off four hours of terror recently , but now a dozen days later, police have put a face behind that call.
"Sheriff's detectives have arrested and charged 20-year old Timothy Edgar Baker," announced Col. Phil Kasten of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
Police traced the phone number of the caller back to Baker's cell phone, which was also used to make subsequent calls to the school, which added to that threat.
"One of which threatened that students would be shot as they left the school and another that there would be a Columbine-like incident at the school," Kasten said.
When investigators questioned Baker, he denied setting an explosive device or having a gun at the school, claiming that he and some friends simply made the calls because they thought it would be fun to watch police respond to the threat.
Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry Barnes says Baker will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and his office will also seek restitution for the wasted resources.
"Because of outside county... maybe outside state resources being utilized, this is probably range up to maybe as high at $20,000. It's about 10 right now."
Carroll County Superintendent of Schools Steve Guthrie welcomed news of the arrest and says students are still paying the price for the hoax.
"The effect of going on lockdown, being searched, lying on floors in classrooms doesn't end when the students go home. We do debrief. We do work with students and some of those students are still feeling the anxiety and fear associated with this terrible issue and this terrible crime."
Police also traced a pair of bogus 911 calls from February back to Baker's phone and some threatening text messages.
He's being held tonight with no bail.