By Justine Espersen
CROFTON, Md. – Police of a Washington, D.C. suburb have arrested a man, referring to himself as “a joker,” after making “significant threats” towards an employer when he was about to be fired.
After a 36-hour investigation, Prince George County police arrested Neil Prescott, 28, who had a lethal arsenal inside his apartment from where he was making threats to his supervisor.
According to officials, in one of his hostile phone conversations earlier this week, Prescott told his Pitney Bowes Inc. supervisor, “I am a joker. I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up.”
Mailroom and software supplier Pitney Bowes identified Prescott as a worker for a company subcontractor. He had not been on company property in four months, according to their spokeswoman.
“If you call your business, if you call a loved one, if you call anybody and you threaten to do harm, kill people, we’re going to believe you, and we did,” Prince George’s County Police Deputy Chief Hank Stawinski said.
Prescott was also wearing a T-shirt that read, “Guns don’t kill people. I do,” when he first talked to Anne Arundel officers.
Investigators said they found more than 20 firearms, including semi-automatic rifles and pistols and several thousand rounds of ammunition, according to the Associated Press.
The suspect has neither been charged nor arrested.
Prescott is currently undergoing a psychological evaluation at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.
Besides referring to himself as “a joker,” Prescott has no known connection to last week’s Colorado shooting during the midnight viewing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” However, police considered the threat especially significant, as it was just a week after the deadly shooting.