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A fire hose cut by a rioters sprayed water into the air as protesters and a line of police moved in at the site of a burning CVS drug store during clashes in Baltimore, Maryland, April 27, 2015. Authorities were searching for the man who cut the water hose. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The person who cut a water hose Monday while firefighters were attempting to extinguish a fire at a CVS store in Baltimore is being sought by the city's Fire Marshal's office, according to a media report. The suspect, who officials have identified in photos, is alleged to have taken a sharp object to the hose shortly after firefighters fastened it to a hydrant and began dousing the flames.

The suspect "was observed in the area using a knife to stab holes in the pressurized fire hose,” the Fire Marshal said, according to Baltimore Sun reported Kevin Rector.

His picture apparently made the cover of the Baltimore Sun. If it’s the same man, he can be seen raising a fist behind a gas mask as he stands in front of a line of Baltimore police officers.

Riots erupted in Baltimore hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who suffered spinal injuries during an arrest April 12, and died one week later.

Protesters were peaceful, until around 3 p.m. Monday, when rocks were thrown at police officers. Rioters raged throughout the night before a 10 p.m to 5 a.m. curfew was put in place the following day to maintain order. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she intended the curfew to last until May 4, unless there was a change in the unrest.

The protests were still going strong Thursday night, though the element of violence was noticeably absent for the most part, with a handful of unconfirmed arrests prior to and after the curfew.

The American Civil Liberties of Maryland disagreed with the curfew. Deborah Jeon, the ACLU legal director, said there is no need for the curfew to continue because “calm and order” has already been restored and is therefore “no longer serving its intended purpose.”

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