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911 Calls in TV Station Ramming Released
Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 04:50 PM EDT
The 911 calls in Tuesday's ramming of the WMAR-TV building in Towson were released Thursday.
Charging documents, released by police on Wednesday, reveal more information about the moment a 28-year-old man drove a large truck through the front doors of the WMAR-TV building and his statements to police afterward.
28-year-old Vladimir Baptiste was being held on a $750,000 bail on multiple charges including attempted murder; his bail has since been revoked. He is now being held without bail.
According to police documents, once inside, Baptiste grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed it into the air, then ran onto the second floor carrying a "rigid" black bag. Responding units went to the second floor and waited for backup as the building was evacuated and a perimeter was set up around the exterior.
The man, who tried to enter the building on foot at first, was turned away by security guard Anita Wilson, who WMAR-TV anchor Jamie Costello credited with saving the lives of the staff.
"The subject began to walk away and...Wilson stated she believed the subject was leaving, but he returned in a large truck and drove up the walkway, ramming into the front vestibule," charging documents state. "After several more instances of striking the vestibule, the truck entered the lobby, first driving towards the security desk where she was standing, approximately 8 feet from the initial impact."
The suspect barricaded himself in an office on the second floor and a video feed from inside the locked room showed the suspect sitting and watching news coverage of the incident, with a large black bag on the floor beside him. The room was breached by tactical units at approximately 4:30 p.m., approximately five hours after police received the first call around 11:45 a.m. Inside the suspect's bag police found miscellaneous documents with the suspect's name on them as well as a black cell phone which was later determined to belong to an WMAR-TV employee.
In the room officers found pieces of paper the suspect had taped onto the windows facing police and media outside. The papers read;
"I am God almighty!"
"I gave you everything you never earned it."
"F*** your multiverses! You have created to hurt my people!"
"I'm here to save you all from the energies!"
"You are in the wrong timeline!"
"Everything is unfolding I don't have to do anything! Love Vladimir (GOD)"
"Just wait! P****!"
"Let me know when you are in the present"
After an emergency evaluation at GBMC, Baptiste was read his rights and voluntarily waived them. He then, according to charging documents, "stated he is a reincarnation of 'King Tut' and 'Jesus Christ' and lives in a world of 'multiverses' where bad things happen to people and they disappear because they are not real. Defendant Baptiste stated the 'Malaysian Flight 370' and the 'kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls' were examples of the multiverses in that they never actually happened."
The charging documents continued; "Defendant Baptists stated on the morning of 5/13/14, he woke up and decided he was going to 'expose the multiverse world' and walked from his residence...he saw the large green truck...unoccupied with the keys in the ignition...he saw an opportunity to 'expose the multiverses' and stated by smashing the truck into WMAR-TV he could 'close the multiverse' that WMAR-TV represented."
Charging documents state that when asked why he targeted WMAR-TV, Baptiste said that "he wanted to expose his parents because they are 'running the multiverses' and he didn't intend to hurt anyone.'"
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the arrest just before 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and said there were no injuries. Kamenetz said that the, "mentally ill suspect commandeered a TV station and was watching TV news while police were assessing the situation."