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Maryland man charged after crashing into television station

Maryland man charged after crashing into television station

A Maryland man was arrested on May 13 after reportedly driving a landscaping truck into a Towson building housing the WMAR television studio. Although no one was injured in the incident, the crash sent journalists scrambling to cover the crash after their studio was damaged.

Authorities report that the defendant, age 28, is facing multiple charges of violent crimes including attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault as well as property crimes.

Authorities say it appears the defendant stole the work vehicle from a landscaping site near the intersection of the Beltway and York Road. He is accused of driving to the studio and attempting to enter. When he was rebuked by a security officer, the man allegedly began pacing and exhibiting strange behavior before confronting the guard again. After that interaction, a witness reportedly saw the man walking back to the truck. Moments later, the vehicle came crashing through the building’s lobby.

Officers say the man is thought to be mentally ill. Reports indicate that the driver was claiming to be God when he rammed the vehicle into the building. He allegedly got out of the vehicle and went into the building, where he was eventually captured by officers. They found him watching coverage of the crash inside the station while holding a golf club.

Criminal defendants who display obvious signs of mental illness may still be charged with violent crimes. However, their courtroom strategies and needs may be different from defendants who are not suffering from such ailments. No matter their health status, defendants have the right to a fair trial — and they deserve help in getting the treatment they need.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Man in custody after vehicle crashes into TV station in Towson” Alison Knezevich and Justin George, May. 14, 2014

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