Cumberland Man Arrested After Threatening Students with Knife

- ALLEGANY COUNTY, Md. - A Cumberland man is facing numerous charges after police said he interrupted a high school band practice and threatened students and faculty, while holding a knife. 

Brandon Arthur Simpson, 22, was arrested by the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, and the Cumberland City Police Department in connection with an assault that happened on August 5, 2014 at the Allegany High School Athletic Field in Cumberland. 

Officers said on that day they were dispatched to the area for a person who disrupted the Allegany Campers High School Band practice. They said Simpson disrupted the practice, by yelling and cursing. He also then climbed up a scaffolding platform, where staff members were directing about 88 band members. 

While on the platform, Simpson had a knife in his hands. Although he did not point the knife at anyone, he began yelling threatening remarks towards the staff members. As a safety precaution, staff members left the scaffolding platform, and directed band members to exit the Athletic Field. 

One of the staff members took a photo of Simpson. Officers said when they arrived on the scene, he fled into the woods. 

A joint investigation was launched and investigators were able to identify Simpson through the photo and multiple interviews. Police said staff members and students were placed in danger by the actions of Simpson, and could have been seriously injured. 

Simpson is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and disruption of a school activity. He's currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending bond review in Allegany County Circuit Court. 

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