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Bail Hearing Set for Man in Toilet Bomb Scare Case

Duane Davis, 51, charged with leaving a phony destructive device

The man charged in a bizarre February bomb scare is due for a bail review hearing on Tuesday morning.

Duane G. Davis, 51, of the 1400 block of Lochner Road in Baltimore, admits to The toilet, decorated with pictures and a petition, had an old radio and antenna tied to it. A maintenance worker at the courthouse found it and police, who believed it could have been a bomb, sent in technicians and shut down several streets in downtown Towson.

The petition attached urged local officials to ask investigators in Zion, IL, to further investigate the 2006 death of Davis' son Gerrell, who was shot in a botched 2007 burglary.

Davis, who runs a barbecue restaurant in Upperco, was identified and arrested later that day. At a bail review hearing, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at Shady Grove Hospital in Catonsville.

Davis's prior convictions include charges in 2008 in Illinois for terrorist activities, for which he received two years of probation, according to district court records. In December, Davis tried to sue Gov. Martin O'Malley. A state judge dismissed that suit in early January.

Toilets resembling the one left in Towson make appearances in videos on Davis' YouTube page. On the page, Davis makes rambling statements about public officials abridging his rights.

In a letter to Patch, friend Rob Fiks and said Davis has a "good heart."

"There is more to Shorty than meets the eye, and it’s important to keep an open mind," he wrote.

In a March interview with WJZ-TV, Davis said leaving the toilet was an act of protest, not terrorism. Several other toilets had been left on North Avenue in Baltimore and in front of the Baltimore Basilica.

"The toilets represent how America treats the underclass and the voiceless," he told the television station. "You treat us like [expletive].  No matter what color you are, how much money you got, how poor you are, everyone uses a toilet.  Picasso used soup cans; I use a toilet.”

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