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Maryland TV Station: Deranged Man Rams Truck into News Building

By    |   Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:20 AM

Maryland TV station employees are recovering today after a man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the WMAR-TV news building Tuesday, forcing reporters and other staff to flee. No injuries were reported.

Police apprehended the reportedly deranged man, who has yet to be identified, several hours after the incident after he barricaded himself inside the building, Reuters reported. The man's motive has yet to be reported.

Despite initial reports that the 29-year-old man had a firearm, no guns were found on the individual or inside his truck, which was described as a landscaping vehicle. The man, however, had a golf club in his possession when police arrested him.

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The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. after the man reportedly tried to gain access to the building on foot. WMAR-TV employee Michael Marion, who has an office off the lobby, told The Associated Press that the man was banging the lobby's security door and screaming ''I am God, I am God.''

''I heard a series of crashes,'' Marion said. ''The next thing, I looked in the lobby, and the only thing between truck and the lobby was the final door. I heard one final crash. I looked through the door, and by then the truck was pulling in the lobby.''

According to Baltimore County police, 55 people were evacuated from the news station building Tuesday afternoon. In total, however, the station employs approximately 120 people, according to station owner, E.W. Scripps Company.

WMAR-TV news director Kelly Groft told the AP that the station believed everyone inside was evacuated safely.

''Once the lobby started to collapse, we knew it was time to get out,'' Groft said. ''He drove right through the doors and into the main area.''


''I never even saw him. I just saw the truck,'' WMAR-TV investigative reporter Brian Kuebler told the AP. ''That's when it started to get pretty real. This guy was intent on getting into the building. It was pretty frightening.''

''It's a little weird. I've never been the story in my career," Kuebler added.

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Maryland TV station employees are recovering today after a man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the WMAR-TV news building Tuesday, forcing reporters and other staff to flee. No injuries were reported.
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