A Maryland man was indicted Tuesday after allegedly crashing a stolen car into a security gate at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade last fall.
Dontae Small, 42, of Baltimore, is charged with conspiracy, carjacking and destruction of government property, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Maryland said Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Small crashed into the NSA gate after leading police on a chase Oct. 7, 2015.
The car, a 2008 Acura TSX, had been stolen three days earlier, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors say on the night of Oct. 4, Small and others were looking for victims to rob while driving through Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood. Small texted one of his co-conspirators, "Get the dude cpming down da st.I parked on smoking a pipe" [sic], according to the indictment.
Prosecutors say three suspects then approached a man on Covington Street, aimed a gun at him and demanded the keys to his car, an Acura TSX.
The indictment claims that Small took the stolen Acura and drove it from Baltimore to Anne Arundel County, Maryland. On Oct. 7, officers pulled over the car near Arundel Mills Boulevard, but the driver sped off.
The car then entered Fort Meade through an employee-only entrance and crashed into a security gate protecting the NSA.
Authorities say Small ran from the scene and hid overnight in an underground storm drain in a wooded area. He was caught the following morning, within minutes of emerging from the storm drain.
Small faces 15 years in prison for carjacking, up to 10 years in prison for destruction of government property, and up to five years in prison for conspiracy, prosecutors said.
His initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has yet to be scheduled. He remains detained, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The crash happened near an area where about 400 service members live, and the suspect was found near one of the buildings where they live.
Earlier in 2015, a 27-year-old transgender woman who went by the name Mya was killed, and a passenger was wounded, when police opened fire after the pair tried to gain unauthorized entry at an NSA gate at Fort Meade.