UPDATE 3:20 p.m.:

As a result of the Maryland State Fire Marshall and St. Mary’s County BCI investigation into two suspicious packages that were left at the Leonardtown Dash In, BCI detectives arrested and charged David Howard Mattingly, 65 of Leonardtown, with delivering a fake destructive device, which carries a maximum penalty of ten years and ten thousand dollars. In addition, Mattingly was charged with property destruction due to his damaging of a security camera while in police custody.
Detectives determined that at approximately 9:30 p.m., on Tuesday night Mattingly entered the store with two packages that had threatening letters attached. He gave the items to a clerk, who placed them in the store office. On Wednesday morning the store owner was advised and police were summoned at approximately 6:40 a.m. The Fire Marshall’s Bomb Squad determined that the packages were not explosives and deputies located Mattingly operating a vehicle in Leonardtown, where he was taken into custody.

UPDATE 12:39 p.m.

On March 11, at approximately 6:40 a.m., deputies responded to the Dash In at the intersection of Route 5 and Maypole Road in Leonardtown, for a report of a threat.  Investigation revealed two suspicious packages were dropped off at the business by a male who was later identified.  As a precaution, the business was closed and the surrounding area secured.  St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigation Detectives, along with officers from the Maryland State Fire Marshall’s responded to the scene.  The State Fire Marshall’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene and rendered both packages safe.  Further examination of the packages determined neither package to be an explosive device. 

The suspect was located and taken into custody.  The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

St. Mary’s County Sheriffs and Maryland State Police are on the scene of an incident at the Exxon Gas Station in Leonardtown located in the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road.

St. Mary’s Sheriffs tell TBN, that they are investigating a suspicious package. The perimeter of the station is marked with yellow crime scene tape. Maryland State Fire Marshalls are on the scene.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

TBN has crews on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.