A possible Colorado copycat, armed to the teeth and billing himself as “a joker,” was arrested Friday after threatening a mass shooting at his Maryland workplace, authorities said.
Neil Prescott, wearing a T-shirt declaring “Guns don’t kill people, I do,” was busted at his Maryland home — where cops found a lethal arsenal of 25 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
“What we believe was a significant threat has been averted,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark McGaw told a news conference after the 28-year-old suspect was arrested.
In an affidavit, authorities said they believed Prescott’s use of the word “joker” referred to Colorado movie multiplex mass killing, according to The Washington Post.
The accused killer of 12 called himself the Joker, dyed his hair red and shot up a screening of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Prescott, of Crofton, Md., made the threats Wednesday in two menacing phone calls to the Pitney Bowes offices in southern Maryland.
“I am a joker,” he reportedly declared. “I’m going to load my guns and blow everybody up.”
Prescott’s violent remarks came after he was fired by the mailroom and software supply company and just days after last Friday’s shootings in Aurora, Colo.
After his arrest, authorities recovered 25 weapons — including assault rifles and handguns — along with 40 boxes of ammunition stored in his home.
The suspect was calm and cooperative when taken into police custody, the Post said.
“We’ll never know if this is something he was going to do, but we certainly believe he was in that mind frame,” said county Deputy Police Chief Hector Velez.
The Colorado shooter used an assault rifle and other weapons to kill a dozen moviegoers and wound another 58.
Authorities said there was no indication of any link between the two incidents beyond citing the comic book criminal.
Prescott was identified by a Pitney Bowes spokeswoman as a worker for a company subcontractor. He had not set foot on any company property in four months, the spokeswoman said.
No charges were immediately filed in the case, and it was unclear how the suspect had assembled his arsenal.
Prescott was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the Anne Arundel County Medical Center.
Source: New York Daily News