LIVE UPDATES: Police take suspect who crashed into WMAR in custody

Baltimore County police apprehended a man who crashed into the WMAR-TV news station building after stealing a truck and barricading himself in a second floor editing room, officials confirmed. 

A potentially armed suspect is inside the ABC2 News building after ramming into the TV station with a dump truck. Police would later confirm that the dump truck the man used to ram the building three times was stolen.

The truck belonged to a State Highway Administration subcontractor and was stolen at about noon, police said. 

According to witnesses, a screaming man repeatedly tried to get inside the WMAR-TV building at about 11:45 a.m. ABC2 News investigative reporter Brian Kuebler tweeted " suspect tried to get in building screaming LET ME IN and said he was God."

The man, believed to still be in the ABC2 building, then rammed the front lobby three or five times, witnesses said Police said the man was also seen wearing a black satchel, which heightened alerts that he may be armed. 

One WMAR-TV employee locked himself in a room as tactical officers conducted a search of the building. Officers made contact with the employee who was safely removed from the building. 

Michael Marion, a production manager at ABC2 News saw the man crash through the lobby doors. 

“I was looking at the truck hoping to get a license plate when he then made a sharp right hand turn into the alcove and proceeded to first ram the building closest to York Road, appeared to get hung up on the metal railing," Marion said. “He had smashed through the first section and then all that was between truck and him was the main door, heard another smash and the last thing I saw was the truck fully in the lobby.” 

ABC2 reporter Christian Schaffer posted this video to Vine of surveillance footage of the truck: 

The York Road building was evacuated, and nearby St. Pius X School was placed under lockdown . Locals are urged to avoid the area of the 6400 block of York Road. 

WMAR-TV news director Kelly Groft said all employees were safe and accounted for. 

The suspect may be armed, according to witnesses. WMAR staff have taken to Twitter to deliver information. According to Reporter Brian Kuebler, the suspect used a landscape truck and broke through the station lobby. 

Maryland State Police joined Baltimore County tactical officers Monday afternoon in coordinating a search for the suspect. At about 2 p.m., Baltimore County police said that the suspect was not in custody, nor had a motive been established. 

Baltimore County police tweeted shortly before 2 p.m. that there was no confirmation that the suspect is armed and that there have been no shots fired. 

St. Piux X officials sent a message to parents at about 2:30 p.m. The school

On Oct. 15, 1980, WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio and most of its news staff were held hostage by a man armed with a 9mm J&R M68 semi-automatic rifle and five revolvers. WCPO is the flagship station of the E.W. Scripps Company, which owns WMAR-TV.

James Hoskins seized control of WCPO's newsroom and held reporter Elaine Green and her cameraman at gunpoint in the parking lot of WCPO's studios. He then forced his way into the newsroom and took seven more hostages.

Hoskins later shot and killed himself while on the phone with SWAT negotiators.



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