Vladimir Mehul Baptiste Charged with Attempted Murder for Crashing into Baltimore TV Station

Vladimir Mehul Baptiste Charged with Attempted Murder for Crashing into Baltimore TV Station

A 28-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly crashed a stolen truck into a Baltimore-area television station, while claiming to be God, reports CBS Baltimore.

Vladimir Mehul Baptiste, of Parkville in Baltimore County, is facing three counts of attempted second-degree murder, among several other charges. He is being held on $750,000 at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to CBS Baltimore.

Police received a pair of 911 calls at approximately 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, CBS Baltimore reports. The first described a man screaming and banging against the gates of Towson’s WMAR-TV building, demanding to be allowed in. The second reported that the suspect had driven a massive landscaping truck into the lobby.

Baptiste was arrested around 4 p.m. after law enforcement officials said he spent almost five hours barricaded in the station, watching journalists outside the building report on the incident. A flash bomb and a police dog helped police secure the arrest, the station reports.

No one was injured in the stand-off, according to CBS Baltimore.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said the suspect was taken to a hospital and will receive medical treatment before being charged, according to the station. He said Baptiste was “speaking in tongues.” Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson called the suspect “incoherent” and said he was “ranting and raving.”

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Source: CBS News

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