Real- Life Drama: Baltimore Fox TV Station Held Hostage, Suspect Wearing Panda Suit Held By Police

Real- Life Drama: Baltimore Fox TV Station Held Hostage, Suspect Wearing Panda Suit Held By Police
Full Scale Exercise : Hostage Scenario – U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea – 20 June 2012 USAG- Humphreys/FlickrCC BY 2.0
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A real- life drama just took place at a Baltimore television station when a man wearing a panda “onesie” threatened to blow it up. The suspect alleged to have a suicide vest was shot by Baltimore police and was brought to a hospital.


The people at the Baltimore Fox TV station just had the scare of their lives, Thursday, when a man from Howard County entered the station and threatened to blow it up. He first lit his car on fire at the TV station’s parking lot before he demanded that they air a story he had on a flash drive.

According to Fox News, News Director Mike Tomko said “He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers. I told him, ‘I can’t let you in, you’re going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.’ He wouldn’t do that. Apparently he had made some threats before.” The Panama Papers which revealed the tax avoidance habits of several world leaders and their associates was released earlier this month.

In Fox Baltimore report, the man wore a surgical mask, sunglasses, a panda suit with hood, and a red- vest like device he wore underneath. The building was then evacuated when he threatened that it was a bomb. At 1:20 pm, the authorities, which included a SWAT team, a bomb squad, and firefighters were dispatched to the area.

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Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said when the suspect came out of the station, he refused the cops’ orders to stop and take his hands off his pocket where a wire from the red device strapped to his chest leads down to his arm. Smith said “When you have a non-compliant individual, you have to do what you have to do.”

He was shot down by a Baltimore police counter sniper and several shots were fired. Smith could not tell how many but at least three of the shots could be heard from the video that captured the shooting. Because they feared that the device around his chest was a bomb, a robot was sent over to disarm him of his vest.

Smith confirmed the device were just chocolate bars wrapped in aluminum foil and wired on a motherboard. He was then sent to a hospital for treatment. Police confirmed that the suspect is currently in serious but stable condition.

Fox 45 staff were allowed back into the building by 7 p.m. And as stated by Fox Baltimore, News Director Tomko said another threat was made earlier in the day to another Fox employee, however, the said threat was still was still unknown.

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