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Wed May 14, 2014

Mental Health Issues Involved in Baltimore TV Station Incident

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A county official says police took a suspect into custody about five hours after he rammed a truck through the front of Baltimore-area television station WMAR.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says officers captured the suspect inside the station late Tuesday afternoon.

Kamenetz says the suspect was not injured. He says the suspect was mentally ill and has been taken for treatment.

Police Chief James Johnson says it's clear the suspect suffers from "emotional or mental health issues."

Station Employee’s Account

When a truck crashed into WMAR-TV, dozens of employees fled. One remained behind, feeding information to police.

Nic Hall has worked for the Baltimore-area ABC affiliate, owned by E.W. Scripps Co., for two weeks. In an interview Tuesday on the station's evening newscast, he said a co-worker left to make copies but never came back. Then he heard from another employee, working off-site, who asked why he was still in the office. That's when he learned a man rammed the truck into the lobby.

Hall connected with Baltimore County police and was on the phone for the next 3 1/2 hours "letting them know the lay of the land." He's a reserve Marine, and talked with a fellow Marine among the responding officers. A SWAT team walked him outside to safety.