Volunteers clean up the CVS following the unrest in April. (Photo by Kamau High)
Raymon Carter, age 24, pleaded guilty on Sept. 16 to the federal crime of rioting on April 27, including the arson of the now infamous Baltimore CVS that was at the center of the unrest after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
According to his plea agreement, Carter used a telephone to discuss his plans to go to the scene of the riots that erupted across Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Carter was observed on surveillance footage from inside the CVS trying to open the pharmaceutical safe and moving back and forth from the area where the fire began and a flash of light can be seen on the video when the fire began inside the store.
After the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) released two still images recovered from the surveillance video to the media and announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s identification, arrest and conviction, Carter was later identified by citizens. Police received a hotline tip on July 1revealing Carter’s location after the ATF released a wanted poster on June 29 of the suspect. ATF agents located, and after a foot chase, arrested Carter.
The estimated total loss for the building alone as a result of the fire is at $1.1 million. Carter will be required to pay restitution as part of his plea agreement, with the exact amount of restitution to be determined at sentencing.
According to the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Carter and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Carter will be sentenced to four years in prison. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for November 17.