‘Joker’ Arrested In US

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By: FRANCIS TAWIAH
The US American, Palmer Park Calling himself “a joker”, a?Maryland?man loaded with guns threatened to shoot up his former business where he was being fired, and was wearing a T-shirt warning “Guns don’t kill people. I do” when police confronted him. The 28-year-old man, identified in a search warrant as Neil E Prescott, told a supervisor at software and mailroom supplier Pitney Bowes that he wanted to see his boss’ “brain splatter all over the sidewalk,” according to a search warrant.?

“I am a?joker?and I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up”, Prescott said, according to the warrant.

The threats were made repeatedly in two separate phone calls this week, and investigators who searched Prescott’s apartment found several thousand rounds of ammunition and about two dozen semi-automatic rifles and pistols. The weapons so far appear to have been purchased legally but are still being examined,? according to?Mike Campbell, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Prescott was taken into custody at his apartment and was receiving a psychiatric evaluation at a hospital. He was not expected to be charged immediately, the Prince George’s County police department said.

“We can’t measure what was prevented here, but what transpired the last 36 hours was a significant incident in the county. And we think a violent episode was avoided,” said county police Chief Mark Magaw.

It wasn’t however immediately clear when the threat was to be carried out or how seriously it was, but last week’s mass shooting at a Colorado theater that killed 12 people and wounded 38 during the latest Batman movie coupled with the “Joker” reference put police on alert?and gave the comments as extra urgent said the county police Chief Mark Magaw.

Source: FRANCIS TAWIAH (Duisburg -?Germany)?
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