Crashes Truck Into Maryland TV Station Building
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[May 14, 2014]
By John Clarke
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) - A 29-year
old man who said he was God crashed a truck through the glass doors of a
Maryland television news station building on Tuesday and barricaded
himself inside before being arrested hours later, police and witnesses
The man banged on the doors of WMAR-TV in Towson, just outside of
Baltimore, asking to be let inside shortly before noon. When he was
refused, he crashed a truck into the lobby and made his way to the
second floor, police said.
"He was ranting and raving incoherent statements. From the
beginning, it was clear we were dealing with a very disturbed
individual," Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said at a
Police said the suspect had a golf club when officers arrested him
without incident in a second floor editing room around 4:40 p.m. He
had been watching television news coverage of the incident.
"He was watching different channels, watching you report this story
as the incident unfolded," Johnson told reporters.
Johnson said the suspect, while uninjured, would be taken for
further medical evaluation. Criminal charges were expected to be
filed later, he said.
Police said 55 people were evacuated from the building, while one
safely remained in the basement during the incident.
Baltimore County Police said the vehicle was stolen Tuesday morning
after being left unattended and belonged to a State Highway
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Maryland landscaping company Ashton Manor Environmental said in a
statement one of its work vehicles was stolen, and believe it was
used in the crash.
Brian Kuebler, a reporter at the station, said on Twitter the
suspect rammed the building three times with the truck.
He "tried to get in (the) building screaming 'LET ME IN!' and said
he was God," according to Kuebler's Twitter post.
(Writing and additional reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by
Sharon Bernstein and Grant McCool)
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