- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A New Hampshire man police say was wearing body armor and carrying a handgun as he lingered near a Boston hospital’s helicopter pad has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Forty-one-year-old Brad Clarke of Pelham pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including trespassing and unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $500,000.

Police say Clarke, holding binoculars, was approached by Boston University police Saturday as he stood near Boston Medical Center’s helipad. When the officer asked “Can I help you,” Clarke replied “Just enjoying my civil liberties.”

After a struggle, Clarke was cuffed. Police say his pickup, which was parked next to the helipad’s gate, had another gun, another bulletproof vest, marijuana and other items in it.

Clarke’s attorney said he appears to have had some sort of breakdown.


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