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Police: 25 Guns, 'Thousands of Rounds' Recovered From Shooting Plot Suspect's Home

The suspect from Crofton called himself "a joker" and threatened to "load [his] guns and blow everyone up" at his Pitney Bowes office, police said.

Less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a crowded theater in Aurora, CO, police in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties say they thwarted a "terror attack" that threatened to bring similar fear and violence closer to home.

Media reports named the suspect as Neil Prescott, 28, of Crofton, but police declined to confirm his identity. Earlier reports identified the suspect's last name as "Trescott;" however it has since been corrected.

Prince George's County Spokeswoman Julie Parker said that after speaking to the state's attorney's office, the suspect would not be charged Friday.

The suspect remained in the care of Anne Arundel Medical Center for a mental evaluation, according to police. Police said he could face both state and federal charges.

According to police, the suspect had made threatening calls to his employer and had in his possession a large cache of weapons at his residence.

Prince George's County police said they received a call on Wednesday from the man's employer, Pitney Bowes, a software and hardware manufacturer, in Lanham. Supervisors told investigators that they received two threats from a disgruntled employee who was in the process of being fired. 

At one point, the suspect allegedly told a superior, "I'm the joker, and I'm going to load my guns and blow everyone up," police said in a statement.

PGPD contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as Anne Arundel County police.

Anne Arundel County police met with the suspect at his residence Thursday at Keswick Park Apartments on Parkridge Circle.

When they got to his home, according to officials, the suspect was wearing a "Guns Don't Kill People, I Do" T-shirt. Police decided to get an emergency petition from a judge to detain the suspect.

The man was taken into custody without incident at 3:20 a.m. Friday on Parkridge Circle in Crofton, according to Chief James Teare of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for examination.

Ashan Benedict with the ATF said 25 semi-automatic weapons and "thousands of rounds of ammunition" were recovered from the man's residence.

The man has not yet been arrested or charged, police said, but he did not have a weapons permit.

Chief Mark Magaw of the Prince George's County police said it was "important for the community to know that we take all threats seriously," particularly in light of last week's shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO. Magaw added it was "fairly obvious" the suspect was influenced by the shooting in Aurora.

"We can't measure what was prevented here," he said.

Teare said the operation had "thwarted some serious violence, and potentially saved lives."

"If you're going to make a threat, we're going to take action," Magaw added.

Carol Wallace, a spokesperson for Pitney Bowes, said the man was an employee of a subcontractor of the company.

"He has not been on any Pitney Bowes property in more than four months," she said in a statement.

Calls to Pitney Bowes' office in Lanham were not answered.

Authorities detailed the weaponry in Prescott's home in their search warrant, including:
4 30-round magazines
2 shotguns
1 Beretta .40-cal handgun
1 Ruger .45-cal handgun
2 KAHR 9mm handguns
1 Beretta 9mm handgun
2 Sig Sauer P226 handguns
1 Browning Arms handgun
2 Mauser rifles
1 FN Herstal rifle
1 Ruger 357 handgun
1 Night scope
100 rounds 12 remington
40 large steel boxes of ammunition of various calibers

Updated at 7:45 p.m. to add list of weaponry and photo.

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FIFA July 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
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John West Martin July 31, 2012 at 02:06 AM
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Ryan Huffman July 31, 2012 at 02:08 AM
You just spent hours finding new and exciting ways to talk about balls and sewage...is that more appropriate than some simple four letter words?
Edward V tindel July 31, 2012 at 04:46 AM
wow ! i must have struck a nerve,your to sensitive.you can only be insulted when you know there is some truth there...i just called you out,and you failed the test. intelligence has nothing to do with it.its whats right or wrong.stop these people from getting guns,or watch the news as more people get killed by them...those are the facts.face it...........and until shrinks,and judges,and politicians stop playing with our mortality its going to happen again,to someone,somewhere....sad fact this guy will not even get the death plenty,why because he already had a doctor treating him.do not be surprise when you hear it
Tammy Coneway July 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
But we don't have a house full off guns.
Lori LaRussa July 31, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Should we have waited till after he shot and killed several people and then patted himself on the back?
Smiley July 31, 2012 at 03:07 PM
So Neil B, like Lori said, should they have waited? Are you saying that it's best to sit idly by and only arrest people after they have taken innocent lives?
Tom Hope August 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
So there it is. The strongest charge they found during the investigation is Telephone misuse. A misdemenor which will not exclude him from owning firearms in the future. I am guessing instead of the plot thickening, the facts just fell apart.
Steve August 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Hopefully, the Judge will confine him to the Nut Hut for another 30 days.
Buck Harmon August 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Does he get to keep his guns and ammo?
Sean R. Sedam August 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
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Tom Hope August 01, 2012 at 08:52 PM
He should be able to keep his current weapons, depending on the disposition of his charges he may not be able to purchase additional weapons. He will be able to purchase ammunition. Getting his weapons back may be difficult even though there is no legal reason to not return them to him. Most likely they will be held for "safe keeping" until the disposition of his charge(s).
Steve August 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
He has been "involuntarily committed". He can't keep his firearms.
Tom Hope August 01, 2012 at 09:28 PM
He was on "commited" he was held for mental evaluation. The report on those findings have not been released. He can be kept for observation without being comitted until Friday.
Tom Hope August 01, 2012 at 09:38 PM
TYPO: He was not "comitted" he was.......
Steve August 01, 2012 at 09:38 PM
He was involuntarily committed. It doesn't matter if it was for 1 day or 1 year. http://www.smh.com.au/world/copycat-joker-committed-after-threats-20120728-232tp.html
Tom Hope August 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
The request from PGCOPD for him to be taken in for evaluation was granted by a Judge and has yet to be ammended to have him legally committed. The official request is a form of "exparte" to give immediate temporary relief in an emergency situation. There is an official hearing within a period of time (by this Friday in this case) to see if the temporary status has merit to be made into a legal commitment.
Sean R. Sedam August 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Here's the latest Patch report on the charge against Mr. Prescott: http://rockville.patch.com/articles/prosecutors-handcuffed-by-maryland-law-in-threat-case
David Buschhorn August 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Reminds me of the disgruntled guy in "Office Space". Muttering, "burn this place to the ground." all the time.
Neil B August 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Let's revisit this. The guy was charged with "misdemeanor telephone misuse". This was a huge overreaction and a trial by media. It is deplorable.
just_my_opinion August 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Hey Neil B, And anyone else that thinks law enforcement overreacted in this case. Was it an over reaction with the University of Maryland student who claimed he was going to "kill enough people to make it national news." was arrested and charged? Come to find out he didn't even own any guns at all yet people were still AT FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY. This kids post crated fear on campus just as Mr. Prescott's phone call calling himself "a joker" and threatened to "load his guns and blow everyone up" at his Pitney Bowes office. Ever thought that if the Aurora Colorado shooter had made a public threat like these two did that there might not be 12 people dead and another 58 wounded? I hope that every law enforcement agency takes any threat serious enough to investigate it.
Neil B August 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
He was guilty until proven innocent. That is not how our system works. He made a comment to a friend of his and it was over heard. I never said I was against bringing him in to talk to him. I am against the trial by media. Where is the follow ups on the story? They were wrong they don't post that.
Tom Hope August 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I feel that the police did respond to the threat appropriately however over-embellished or over-sensationalized with the information released. As for the man recently convicted fro U of M, he didn't say he was gonna "shoot the place up" and now he can't legally purchase a firearm. Feel safer? Keep in mind Timothy McVeigh & Terry Nichols did not use fire arms in their plot and I believe their attack made national & international news. This man was a Science & Technology major so its not pass the realm of possibilities for him to do something similar. I believed the Aurora shooter did make a threat to his Psychiatrist and it was reported to the Police. http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/james-holmes-psychiatrist-threat-assessment-dark-knight.html
SOUTHWESTMINSTER August 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/james-holmes-psychiatrist-contacted-university-police-weeks-movie/story?id=16943858
just_my_opinion August 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
@Neil B It doesn't matter if it was over heard which it wasn't (the suspect called a former co-worker with threats to shoot his boss and workers.) or broadcast on national t.v., a threat was made then reported and investigated. His actions are what put him where he is now. Where were they wrong? Although it is just a misdemeanor he has been charged with a crime that carries a sentence of up to three years. @Tom Hope You and I both know that the Psychiatrist in the Aurora case did just enough to cover her rear. Had she truly been worried about his "behavior" and not the thought of being sued over breaking doctor-patient confidentiality he would have went straight to the City or State Police. Not only that but we have no idea what she even told campus police except she wanted to express concerns about her patient's behavior. Now she can sit there and say "Well I tried to warn them".
Sean R. Sedam August 08, 2012 at 09:25 PM
http://crofton.patch.com/articles/police-announce-charges-in-averted-threat-case-in-prince-georges-county-maryland and http://rockville.patch.com/articles/prosecutors-handcuffed-by-maryland-law-in-threat-case
Neil B August 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
The problem was there was no proof the threat was actually made. Suppose the co-worker that overheard the conversation was the crazy one. Arresting people without proof is usually frowned upon.
Tom Hope August 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I have no idea what you know but, I know the Psychiatrist had reported to police about a specific detail Holmes told her and made it a point to let police know that she had enough concern to break Patient-Doctor confidentiality. She had even contacted the campus "Threat Assessment Team" about Holmes as well. I find it interesting that the police officer she had filed the report with made sure he had an attorney present when interviewed about he did with the information after the shooting. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/02/157766970/psychiatrist-was-alarmed-by-aurora-shooting-suspects-behavior-media-report Thing of it is most people that are seeing a Psychiatrist or Psychologist have some type of mental issue already. For these people to try and assess and report all potential dangers would too much of a daunting task and would overwhelm police on checking them all out.

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