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Neil Prescott, Pitney Bowes Inc Subcontractor's Employee, Arrested After Allegedly Planning Mass Attack

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Video: Md. Man Accused of Mass Shooting Threats: "I Am A Joker"

  • Neil Prescott made threats to shoot people at Pitney Bowes, police said.
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  • CROFTON, Md. (WUSA) -- Law enforcement officials say after a 36-hour long investigation, a man was taken into custody under an emergency commitment order following "significant threats" towards an employer while in the process of being fired.

    The man has been identified as Neil Prescott of Crofton, Md. Police say charges are pending against him.

    READ: Search Warrant In Threat Investigation

    During a news conference on Friday, Prince George's County police said that on Wednesday, officers responded to Pitney Bowes Inc. where they were told a person in the process of being fired had "made significant threats to coming back and harming people at the business" during two phone conversations with a supervisor. In one of those calls, the person allegedly said, "I am a joker, I'm gonna load my guns and blow everybody up."

    Police say his comments prompted the investigation, which was executed by Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County law enforcement as well as the ATF (due to the nature of Pitney Bowes, which is a federal contractor). During a news conference on Friday, officials said that the man acknowledged that making such statements wasn't good but continued to say them anyway. On Thursday, a district court judge issued a court order for a mental evaluation of the individual and a search warrant for his home on Parkridge Circle, according to police.

    Police stated on Friday that the suspect was interviewed by Anne Arundel officers and was wearing a t-shirt that read: "Guns don't kill people. I do" at the time. The ATF assisted county law enforcement during the search at the suspect's home in Crofton. According to police on Friday, more than 20 guns were recovered from his home along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police are still processing the evidence.

    According to police, the man surrendered to law enforcement and is currently being treated pursuant to the court order.

    Friday afternoon, Pitney Bowes Inc. confirmed an employee of a subcontractor to the company was taken into custody Thursday night in Crofton for alleged threats. The company said in a statement on Friday afternoon, "At Pitney Bowes we have clear security protocol and when we had concerns about this individual, we contacted authorities." Company officials added that he had not been on any Pitney Bowes property in more than four months.

    We are told the suspect is not connected to any foreign or domestic terror groups.

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