TOWSON, Md. - A county official says police took a suspect into custody about five hours after he rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says officers captured the suspect inside the station of ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 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."
WMAR's station was evacuated after the crash as police searched for the suspect.
Officials say the truck that crashed into a Baltimore-area television station belonged to a landscaping company and was stolen from a work site less than 5 miles from the scene.
Baltimore County police say the truck was stolen around noon Wednesday, around the same time that WMAR-TV employees reported that someone claiming to be God was trying to get inside the building. Shortly after, the truck slammed into the lobby of the station. No injuries were reported. Police were still searching for the man late Tuesday afternoon.
Jeff Schwartz, president of Ashton Manor Environmental, said in a statement that the truck was stolen from a site on the Baltimore Beltway in Towson.
Schwartz says no employees were injured when the truck was stolen, and the company is cooperating with police.
The news director at a Baltimore-area television station that was rammed by a truck says she believes everyone evacuated safely, but police say there may still be an armed person inside the building.
WMAR-TV News Director Kelly Groft tells The Associated Press in a phone interview that when the truck began ramming the lobby around noon Tuesday, she screamed for everyone in the newsroom to get out.
Baltimore County police say 55 people evacuated, but they can't be sure everyone is out. Police say there may be an armed person inside, but there have not been any reports of shots fired.
A hole the size of several garage doors could be seen in the front of the building Tuesday afternoon. Police officers were on the scene, and news helicopters hovered above. A school next door is locked down.
Baltimore County police say a vehicle has rammed a television station and there may be an armed person inside the building.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton says a vehicle rammed ABC affiliate WMAR-TV's building, off a busy road north of Baltimore, just before noon Tuesday. Police are warning people to avoid the area. The station is on lockdown.
In a tweet, the station identified the vehicle as a dump truck and said people should stay away from the building.
"[The] suspect tried to get in building screaming LET ME IN and said he was God," tweeted WMAR reporter Brian Kuebler.
Kuebler also tweeted that the suspect used a landscape truck to ram the building at least three times. The suspect then broke into the station's lobby.
A hole the size of several garage doors could be seen in the front of the building Tuesday afternoon. Police officers were on the scene, and news helicopters hovered above. Drivers were still able to enter a neighboring shopping center, although a section of the road was blocked to traffic.
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