A Frederick man was denied bail on Monday after police said he threatened over the weekend to blow up a police officer's home.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Hitesh Dhirubhai Patel, 45, of the 1600 block of Tydings Park Road, was at central booking, where he had arranged to meet with police to turn himself in on a warrant charging him with two counts of violating a protective order when he became upset after learning the name of the Frederick officer who had sought the charges, according to court records. In the presence of several officers, Patel loudly voiced his desire to exact revenge on the officer in question and, when he was confronted about his statements, doubled down on the threats, according to charging documents.
"I'll blow his house up," Patel told the officers, according to the documents. "When I get out of here, I'm gonna blow his house up."
As a result, Patel was charged with threatening to commit arson and threatening mass violence, court records indicate. Patel opted to represent himself at Monday's bail review hearing before Judge Earl W. Bartgis Jr., reminding the judge that he had turned himself in on the initial charges.
"I called the Frederick Police Department [myself]," Patel said.
Bartgis cited the threats made as grounds to continue holding Patel without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.