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ROCKVILLE, Md. – Police investigating a teenager accused of bomb-making and weapons violations found a map of Camp David with a presidential motorcade route in his home, a Montgomery County prosecutor said.
Collin McKenzie-Gude, 18, of Bethesda, also had a document that appears to describe how to kill someone 200 meters away, Montgomery Assistant State’s Attorney Peter A. Feeney said.
The teen had two forms of fake identification — one portraying him as a Central Intelligence Agency employee and another as a federal contractor, Feeney said. The details were revealed Tuesday in a bond hearing in the case, The Washington Post reported.
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Bethesda teen now faces carjacking charges
McKenzie-Gude remains in solitary confinement on $1 million bond
The Bethesda teen arrested twice last week on weapons and explosives charges was charged again Monday – this time in connection with the attempted carjacking of a 78-year-old man at White Flint mall last week.
Collin McKenzie-Gude, 18, surrendered to police on July 30, a day after authorities found illegal weapons and more than 50 pounds of bomb-making materials in his bedroom. He was released on $115,000 bond, then arrested a second time on July 31 on charges he detonated homemade explosives in Gaithersburg in July 2007. He spent the weekend in solitary confinement at a Rockville jail on $1 million bond, according to his lawyer.
“He’s devestated,“ said McKenzie-Gude’s lawyer Steven Kupferberg following a court hearing on Monday. He described his client, a recent graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., as a “fine student“ who planned to attend American University’s School of International Studies this fall.
The attempted carjacking occurred just before noon on July 29, about 45 minutes before police raided McKenzie-Gude’s home in Bethesda’s Ashburton neighborhood and found a cache of assault rifles, ammunition and explosives materials.
Police say a 78-year-old man from College Park was locking his car in a mall parking lot near Bloomingdale’s department store, when a suspect, described as a white male aged 20-25, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and wearing a dark green polo shirt, demanded his car keys. The man refused and the assailant struck him with his elbow, knocking him down, then took the keys. The attacker tried to start the car, but was unsuccessful and fled on foot, police said. The College Park man was treated for injuries at the scene.
McKenzie-Gude, who stands 5-foot 5-inches and was wearing a dark green shirt in a police mug shot taken July 30 when he turned himself to county police. He was charged Monday with attempted carjacking and second-degree assault. Police said evidence was left at the scene.
Kupferberg questioned the newest charges, saying the allegations followed his request to dismiss the second set of explosives charges filed against McKenzie-Gude.
“I kindly call it ironic,“ said Kupferberg. “There has been a rush to justice in this case.“
Last week, fire and explosives investigators filed charges alleging that McKenzie-Gude detonated five homemade explosive devices in a Gaithersburg field near Brink Road and Route 124. The documents incorrectly indicate the detonations occurred in July 2007 instead of the correct time of November 2007, Montgomery County state’s attorney Peter Feeney, said during a bond hearing on Monday. He sought to amend the charging documents to reflect the correct date.
Kupferberg countered that the charges should never have been filed given that McKenzie-Gude would have been 17 last July, when the charging documents state the incident occurred.
District Court Judge Patricia Mitchell dismissed the second set of charges.
Prosecutors are expected to re-file the charges today with the correct date. A new bond hearing will be held.
McKenzie-Gude’s father, Joseph Lane Gude Jr., 62, has been charged with buying firearms for his son and perjury. A 17-year-old friend from Gaithersburg, called “an accomplice“ by police, was charged as a juvenile with theft, computer misuse and conspiracy in connection with the case and surrendered Friday to county police at the 1st District Police Station in Rockville, where he had been an intern since May 19.
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