Man involved in police standoff at armory was AWOL Special Forces soldier

Charles Muchanic (Courtesy Baltimore County Police)

Officials say 19-year military vet, Charles Muchanic, tripped an alarm at the Gunpowder Military Reservation in Baltimore County Monday morning. Muchanic reportedly refused to leave, when another soldier confronted him.  The other soldier called police and told them that Muchanic had “access to the weapons vault.”

It was revealed later, though, that Muchanic did not actually have access to the locked vault and he turned out to be unarmed.

However, that call from the Army personnel triggered an hours-long standoff with ‘heavily armed police’ at the 244-acre facility — which houses a firing range, a navigation course and obstacles.

Muchanic is a sergeant first class with B Company, 2nd battalion, 20th Special Forces Group– which is headquartered in Alabama, but has units in Maryland and seven other states, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Charles Muchanic (Courtesy Baltimore County Police)
Charles Muchanic (Courtesy Baltimore County Police)

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Dept. told reporters that they’re not certain why he did this. The troubled soldier had been AWOL from his unit since September and was facing drug possession charges from a January incident. He also reportedly admitted to a local rental car agent he’d been going through a “tough time” after bringing back an overdue car.

“We’re concerned about all aspects of his actions, what happened and what caused him to act in this matter,” National Guard spokesman Col. Charles S. Kohler said.  Muchanic, who eventually agreed to come out of the building, was sent for a medical evaluation.

He was charged with trespassing and released on $7,500 bail.

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