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.

SOUTHWESTMINSTER August 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
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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