Police Charge Three Men in Manchester Mailbox Explosion

Police say they have connected two male adults and one juvenile to the crime.

Three Carroll County men have been charged by Deputy State Fire Marshals in connection with exploding a mailbox in Manchester.

James Purpora, 23, of Water Tank Rd. in Manchester turned himself into authorities after a warrant for his arrest was issued, police said. Travis Rugemer, 18, of Ebbvale Rd. in Manchester and a sixteen year old male juvenile, of Manchester, have been charged as well.

On Jan. 14, police say the three suspects placed a destructive device inside a roadside mailbox located at 3845 Miller Station Rd. The device was determined to be an M-80 firework, which are illegal under state law, police said.

Purpora was charged with Possession of a Destructive Device, Discharge/Possession of Fireworks without a Permit and Malicious Destruction of Property. Purpora is currently being held at Carroll County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, according to officials.  If convicted, Purpora could face 25 years in prison and/or $750 in fines.

Rugemer was charged via criminal summons with Malicious Destruction of Property as well as the sixteen year old who was released to the custody of his parents pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services.

Police said the property owner was not targeted but was a random act and no one was injured. 


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