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Man Arrested After Crashing Stolen Vehicle into Channel 2 News Building

Police said the man watched the story unfold from an editing room at the TV station.

ABC Channel 2/WMAR building on York Road. (Credit: @KellyfromABC2)
ABC Channel 2/WMAR building on York Road. (Credit: @KellyfromABC2)
A man who crashed a stolen vehicle into the Channel 2 building Tuesday—prompting an evacuation and nearby lockdown—was taken into custody after barricading himself inside for hours, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said.

The 29-year-old will be identified after being charged, according to police.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., police were notified of a disturbance at the Channel 2 building, in the 6400 block of York Road in Towson, where a man was banging on the door trying to get inside, according to public safety officials. The man yelled "let me in" and claimed he was God, according to CBS DC.

"It was clear...we were dealing with an emotionally disturbed subject," Johnson said.

Within minutes, police got a second call reporting a vehicle had crashed into the lobby.

Approximately 55 people evacuated the building after the crash, WJZ reported. One person remained in the basement, and it would have been dangerous to try and get him out using force, Johnson said. That individual helped provide authorities with information over the course of the afternoon, he added.

Machete sheaths were discovered in the vehicle, which was "embedded around the stairwell" in the lobby at WMAR-ABC 2 News, Johnson said. Police believe the sheaths belonged to maintenance workers, according to Johnson. He said the suspect stole the vehicle, which was unattended on York Road at Interstate 695, before noon. Police said the vehicle belonged to subcontractors for the State Highway Administration.

Using technology, police were able to find the suspect on the second floor and breach the entryway, Johnson said. He noted that a K-9 officer was used in the tactical investigation.

When the man was located in a second-floor editing room, he had a golf club in his hand, according to WJZ.

Johnson said the man had watched coverage of the incident on TV.

Roads in the area were shut down due to police activity after noon and remained closed as of 5 p.m., according to officials.

York Road was closed between Walker Avenue and Regester Avenue, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Nearby, St. Pius X School and its parish office were placed on lockdown until dismissal. Police assisted in dismissal, which occurred on Overbrook Road, WBAL reported.


Alphadog May 14, 2014 at 08:32 AM
So some managed care company demanded that Sheppard Pratt release someone who was clearly not well again?!!
Heywood May 14, 2014 at 08:43 AM
He had a golf club in his hand? Was it a driver or a putter?
Elizabeth Janney May 14, 2014 at 09:49 AM
The latest story, with information about charges, is here: http://ow.ly/wPQSC
Alphadog May 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM
? J , its common for (mis)managed care companies to deman hospitals realese patinets before they are ready ....
jnrentz1 May 14, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Do any of you feel that Mr. Baptiste should be deported?

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