An Anne Arundel County resident was jailed on three counts of threatening a state official after he allegedly became upset about a storm water management pond in his neighborhood and threatened to “take out” two state lawmakers and a county council member.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department received information Friday morning on a possible threat to Anne Arundel Councilman Dick Ladd, Maryland State House Speaker Michael Bush and Maryland State Senator Mike Miller Jr.
The suspect, Paul David Grimm, 58, of 108 Tarks Lane in Severna Park, was upset over a storm water management pond in his community. He expressed discontent to an Anne Arundel County Public Works contractor and Councilman Dick Ladd, authorities said.
On March 12, Ladd received a call from the county Department of Public Works saying that Grimm was being verbally abusive about work being done at the storm drain. Ladd said Grimm was upset over the county digging the storm drain on his street and disagreed with the project.
On the same day, Ladd and a witness went to the area to speak to Grimm and look at the work being done. Police said Grimm became agitated about the water drain project.
While Ladd was speaking to Grimm’s daughter, Grimm pointed his finger at Ladd and made referred to “taking him out” and the fact that he would have a weapon. Grimm then said he would take out Mike Miller and Mike Busch, too.
Police say Grimm told the men “it would be a fantasy of his to see Miller and Busch knock on his door because “they would come out in body bags.”
Fearing for their safety, Ladd and the witness left the area.
Detectives corroborated their information through witness interviews and by examining additional evidence obtained during the investigation.
Grimm was arrested without incident at his residence and charged with three counts of threats to a state official.
"We take criminal threats against our elected officials very seriously,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis. “We will act expeditiously when someone detracts from the capacity of the people's representatives to safely represent our communities."