Man who rammed truck into TV station in custody


by CBS News & AP

The Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

TOWSON, Md. -- A mentally ill man who jumped into an unattended truck and rammed it into a TV station outside Baltimore has been taken into custody, reports CBS Baltimore, citing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Employees say the man, 29, referred to himself as "God," reports the station. He was reportedly not armed.

The suspect reportedly began banging on the door of the station, WMAR-TV in Towson, around 11:45 a.m. He then rammed a truck several times into the building's lobby.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said it's clear the suspect was suffering from mental and emotional health issues.

It's believed everyone inside evacuated safely, WMAR-TV News Director Kelly Groft told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

She said that when the truck began ramming the lobby around noon Tuesday, she screamed for everyone in the newsroom to leave.

"Once the lobby started to collapse, we knew it was time to get out," she said. "He drove right through the doors and into the main area."

The vehicle used was stolen around noon and belongs to Ashton Manor, a State Highway Administration subcontractor, reports the station.

Baltimore County Police spokesperson Elise Armacost says 55 people evacuated the building after it was rammed.

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