Police search for suspect who crashed stolen car at Fort Meade gate

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 08, 2015 8:41 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities searched on Thursday for a suspect they said stole a car and crashed into a gate at the U.S. Army base in Fort Meade, Maryland, home to the National Security Agency.

Police officers were trying to stop the suspect in a carjacking in Baltimore when the person crashed the vehicle and ran onto the base about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police said.

The incident prompted a lockdown on six area schools and an order for residents to remain inside their homes, police said.

The crash happened on the western side of the Army base, which is about 20 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., at a gate open only to Department of Defense personnel. Fort Meade officials said only mission essential employees should report for work on Thursday as the search for the suspect continued.

In March, two men dressed as women tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency's entrance gates at the base before guards shot one of them dead, officials said.

(Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Colleen Jenkins)