Cumberland Man Faces Charges in School Disturbance Incident

- CUMBERLAND, Md. - Cumberland City Police said a local man is facing several charges following a disturbance incident at a local high school. 

Officers said on Tuesday, August 5 at 9 p.m. they were called to Allegany High School for a disturbance on the baseball practice field. Students were practicing for the upcoming band season with school staff members overseeing the activities. 

Staff members told police that an individual, later identified as Brandon Simpson, 22, of Cumberland, Md., walked onto the field for unknown reasons and disrupted the practice by yelling and cursing. They said he pulled out a pocket knife and climbed into the scaffolding that is used for practice and continued his disruptive actions. 

Police said the students on the field were safety evacuated into the school. As officers attempted to approach Simpson, he fled into the woods behind the baseball field into the direction of the Allegany Highlands Trail. Officers said they were unable to find him after an extensive search. 

Charges were filed at the Allegany County District Court. Police said on Wednesday, August 6, Simpson was served with a criminal summons as well as a no trespassing letter issued by the Allegany County Board of Education. 

He's charged with disturbing an operation and disorderly conduct. Simpson was released pending trial. 

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