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Charges filed in Baltimore CVS arson case

The ATF is looking for Raymon Carter, who faces a federal arson charge for a fire set at a CVS in Baltimore during the April riots. (Courtesy Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)

WASHINGTON – Federal investigators have identified the man they believe is responsible for the burning of a CVS Pharmacy during riots that broke out following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore this spring.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are looking for Raymon Carter, 24, and have obtained a warrant for his arrest. Carter faces a federal arson charge for intentionally setting a fire at the CVS at Pennsylvania and North avenues in Baltimore.

Investigators released surveillance images of Carter in May hoping that the public could help identify him along with other responsible for setting fires at other locations. Multiple phone calls to the ATF’s tip line identified the man in the photos from the CVS at 2509 Pennsylvania Avenue as Carter, says Special Agent David Cheplak with the Baltimore field office.

If Carter is convicted he could face five to 20 years in prison, Cheplak says.

Carter is described as 5-foot-8 and weighs about 180 pounds Investigators would not say where Carter lives, according to the ATF.

Investigators have not yet arrested Carter and are asking for the public’s help locating him. Anyone with information about Carter’s whereabouts is asked to call 1-888-ATF-FIRE (283-3473).

Investigations continue into multiple other arson fires set during the riots. Cheplak says no arrests have been made in connection with those fires.

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