A Crofton, Md., man referring to himself as “a joker” and armed with 25 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition was taken into police custody after threatening to go on a shooting spree at his former workplace, police announced Friday.
Authorities said a massive attack may have been thwarted as a result.
Officials declined to name the man, as he remains at Anne Arundel Medical Center for psychological evaluations and has not been criminally charged, but a search warrant filed in the case identifies him as Neil Prescott.
It was unclear Sunday when the mental evaluation would be complete, when formal charges could be filed, or exactly what criminal charges he could be facing.
“I am a joker, I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up,” Mr. Prescott said during conversations with the supervisor, adding that he would like to see the man’s brain spattered on the sidewalk, police said.
The inferred reference to the Joker character evoked fear of the carnage that took place earlier this month in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater when a gunman opened fire during a showing of Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The supervisor reported the threats to police, leading Anne Arundel County police on Thursday to contact Mr. Prescott at his Crofton apartment in the 1600 block of Parkridge Circle. When officers spoke to him, they noted he wore a T-shirt that proclaimed “Guns don’t kill people, I do.”
Early Friday morning, police served a search warrant and discovered the cache of weaponry in Mr. Prescott’s apartment, including high-powered rifles and handguns and several loaded guns next to his bed.
There was no clear indication that Mr. Prescott had an intended time for the attack, but police said they wanted to act quickly to prevent harm to the community.
“In light of what happened a week ago in Aurora, Colo., it’s important for the community to know that we take all threats seriously,” Chief Magaw said Friday. “If you are going to make a threat, we are going to take action.”View Entire Story
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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