Blogger Frank James MacArthur, known to many by Twitter handle @BaltoSpectator, was held without bail and charged with possession of an illegal shotgun after engineering a dramatic confrontation with SWAT and the Baltimore Police Warrant Apprehension Task Force on Dec. 1.
Known about town for his presence at crime scenes, criticism of police, boasts about his intellect, and all-weather sandals, MacArthur spent the week before his arrest fretting about his status as a fugitive on Twitter and in online radio monologues. He taunted police, saying they were too stupid to catch him, and threatened violence if they attempted to serve the warrant for a parole violation from a 2009 gun case. “Let’s be clear,” he tweeted on the morning of Dec. 1. “There’s some peeps who’ve stepped on my toes before. Guess what? They’re no longer here! So who’s next?”