Suspect arrested after standoff at Maryland TV station

Police tactical team members arrive outside the ABC 2 news station after a possibly armed suspect crashed a vehicle into the Maryland television news station and barricaded himself inside the building, in Towson, Maryland, in this still image taken from video on May 13, 2014.  Credit: WMAR/Reuters
Police tactical team members arrive outside the ABC 2 news station after a possibly armed suspect crashed a vehicle into the Maryland television news station and barricaded himself inside the building, in Towson, Maryland, in this still image taken from video on May 13, 2014.
Credit: WMAR/Reuters

A man who said he was God crashed a truck into a Maryland television news station on Tuesday and barricaded himself inside the building for hours, police and witnesses said.

The man banged on the glass doors of WMAR-TV in Towson, asking to be let inside. When he was refused, he crashed a large commercial truck into the ABC affiliate’s lobby at 11:45 a.m., station employees reported.

“I was looking at the truck hoping to get a license plate when he then made a sharp right hand turn into the alcove and proceeded to first ram the building closest to York Road, appeared to get hung up on the metal railing,” WMAR production manager Michael Marion said. “He had smashed through the first section and then all that was between truck and him was the main door, heard another smash and the last thing I saw was the truck fully in the lobby.”

Reporter Christian Schaffer posted video of the crash online.

 

The Baltimore County Police Department said the suspect was arrested shortly before 5:00 p.m. He was armed with a golf club, “ranting and raving incoherent statements,” according to the department’s Twitter feed. The suspect had reportedly been watching TV coverage of the standoff.

“We don’t know who he is, and we certainly don’t have any info as to what his motive is,” police spokeswoman Elise Armacost told a news conference earlier in the day.

WMAR-TV news director Kelly Groft said all employees were safe and accounted for. 55 people were evacuated during the standoff.

Brian Kuebler, an investigative reporter at the station, and other WMAR staff tweeted about the situation.

 

 

The station continued to broadcast throughout the day, despite the fact that employees were not allowed inside the building.



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