UPDATE: Official says suspect in TV station crash in custody

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A county official says police took a suspect into custody about five hours after he rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A county official says police took a suspect into custody about five hours after he rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says officers captured the suspect inside the station late Tuesday afternoon.

Kamenetz says the suspect was not injured. He says the suspect was mentally ill and has been taken for treatment.

Police Chief James Johnson says it's clear the suspect suffers from "emotional or mental health issues."

Officials say the truck that crashed into the station belonged to a landscaping company and was stolen from a work site less than 5 miles from the scene.

Baltimore County police say the truck was stolen around noon Wednesday, around the same time that WMAR-TV employees reported that someone claiming to be God was trying to get inside the building.

Jeff Schwartz, president of Ashton Manor Environmental, said in a statement that the truck was stolen from a site on the Baltimore Beltway in Towson.

Schwartz says no employees were injured when the truck was stolen, and the company is cooperating with police.


Previous story:

Baltimore County police say a vehicle has rammed a television station and there may be an armed person inside the building.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton says a vehicle rammed WMAR-TV's building, off a busy road north of Baltimore, just before noon Tuesday. Police are warning people to avoid the area.

In a tweet, the station identified the vehicle as a dump truck and said people should stay away from the building.

A WMAR employee tweeted that he saw the suspect screaming “let me in” and saying he is God.

Helicopter video from WJZ-TV shows a hole in the front of the building, large enough for a vehicle to enter. Drivers were still able to enter a neighboring shopping center, although a section of the road was blocked to traffic.


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