ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WUSA) -- Howard County Police say a man has been arrested for allegedly using a sling shot to fire glass marbles at a speed camera van assigned to the Manor Woods school zone during a Recreation and Parks summer camp program.
Fifty-year-old Bruce Lawrence May of Ellicott City has been charged with second degree assault, destruction of property and reckless endangerment for damaging a speed camera van Tuesday night and endangering the operator, say police.
May posted a $3,000 bond and was released.
According to police, the speed camera van operator was inside the van on Route 144 at Tridelphia Road near Manor Woods elementary school. Police say the operator heard something hit the side of the van and "saw a gray 2005 Chrysler Town and County minivan passing on Route 144. The same Chrysler minivan then passed again and the operator saw the driver with a sling shot firing a projectile at the van. It was later determined the projectiles were glass marbles."
The operator called police. Officers stopped May and arrested him.
Police officers say that investigators found out that May has two previous speed camera violations. The speed camera van incident is the third incident in the county this month involving damage to speed camera vans and endangerment to the operators. According to police, on June 13, someone threw an object at a Howard County speed camera van on Route 99 near Waverly Elementary School in Ellicott City, breaking the back window. The day before, someone threw rocks through the window of a State Highway Administration speed camera van on U.S. 29 near Route 103, striking the operator and damaging the equipment and vehicle.
Police are investigating whether the three incidents are related. Anyone with information should call police at 410-313-STOP.