Man arrested after truck plows into TV station

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BALTIMORE – Nearly five hours after allegedly ramming a stolen truck into the lobby of a Baltimore television station, a 29-year-old man was arrested, with the help of a police dog, in an editing room where he was watching coverage of the standoff on television, police said.

Workers fled the office of ABC affiliate WMAR-TV on Tuesday morning after the landscaping truck smashed through their front entrance. One employee sheltered in the basement, and no one was injured, police said.


This is the front entrance to WMAR where a dump truck is still wedged inside. A man stormed into the building after ramming the doors with a truck. (Credit: Baltimore Sun)

From the start of the ordeal, authorities feared the suspect was armed and mentally ill. Witnesses said he held a satchel, and police found empty sheaths for machetes.

The machetes, however, belonged to the landscapers who owned the truck that was unattended when it was stolen. The suspect was eventually arrested with a golf club in hand, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said at a televised news conference.

The suspect was “ranting and raving incoherent statements from the beginning” and is being evaluated for mental illness, Johnson said. His name was not immediately released.

The man initially tried to enter the building as a pedestrian, but a security guard refused to open the door for him. About 11:45 a.m., the security officer called 911 about the disturbance, police said. Minutes later, a large pickup truck was seen repeatedly smashing at the entrance like a battering ram. When the structure finally caved, the vehicle came to rest at a staircase in the lobby.