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"potential" Mass Shooter Arrested After Being Identified By Surveillance Software On Internet

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Seacowboys, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Maryland Shooting Plot 'Could Have Been Another Aurora,' Reports Say (UPDATED)

    The Huffington Post/AP | Posted: 07/27/2012 11:42 am Updated: 07/27/2012 7:19 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Police in Maryland foiled what may have been a shooting ploton the scale of last week's massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, according to a report from WJLA-TV/ABC7.

    Law enforcement said they took a 28-year-old man into custody Thursday night and found an "arsenal" of weapons at his apartment in Crofton, about 25 miles east of the nation's capital.
    Police said that when they made contact with the suspect, he was wearing a T-shirt reading "Guns don't kill people. I do."
    The man, identified in media reports and in a search warrant as Neil Prescott, was in the process of being terminated from his job at mailroom supplier and document company Pitney Bowes in Prince George's County and "had made threats directed toward his employer," according to WJLA-TV.
    Police would not confirm the name of the suspect, who is undergoing an emergency mental evaluation.
    In last Friday's shooting in Colorado, 12 people were killed and nearly 60 were wounded. James Holmes, 24, the suspected shooter who allegedly opened fire on the unsuspecting movie theater audience, was arrested on the night of the shooting and is expected to be formally charged Monday.
    An official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Prescott phoned in a threat to Pitney Bowes that he was going to "shoot the place up." Investigators say a search of Prescott's home turned up more than 20 guns, including assault rifles and handguns, and more than 400 rounds of ammunition.
    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is unfolding.
    The official says though the suspect referred to himself as "a joker," there is no other known connection to the deadly shooting last week at the Colorado movie theater during the latest Batman movie.
    A law enforcement source told WJLA-TV that the foiled shooting plot "could have been another Aurora."
    As WRC-TV/NBC4 reports, a search warrant states that Prescott told his employers "I'm gonna load my guns and blow everybody up."
    Pitney Bowes spokeswoman Carol Wallace said in an emailed statement that Prescott was an employee of a subcontractor to the company and had not been on any Pitney Bowes property in more than four months.
    The suspect was being held Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, where he was undergoing a psychological evaluation.
    During a Friday afternoon press conference, law enforcement officials from Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County provided some additional detail about the multi-jurisdictional response to the alleged threats by the suspect to his employer. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been involved in the investigation as well.
    "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," said Prince George's County Police Deputy Chief Hank Stawinski said during the news conference.
    It was not immediately clear if Prescott had a lawyer. His record in Maryland appeared to include only a 2007 speeding ticket.
    A search for Neil Prescott on a website that tracks users' online activities led to a profile that appears to be him on mdshooters.com, a website for gun enthusiasts. On it, Prescott, who used an online tag of slog403 and identified himself as from Crofton, traded advice with other users about obtaining firearms.
    During a conversation last week about acquiring a 30-round magazine, he indicated he would "never violate MD laws as I respect this site and state." But in a July 18 post, he also said he wished to "unleash 30 rounds of hell" and added a smiley face emoticon. It wasn't clear what he was referring to.
    "The multiple threats and the nature of the threats and that action, together, led us to a place where we could get an emergency petition" for a psychiatric evaluation, said Prince George's County Deputy Police Chief Henry Stawinski.
    According to the warrant, Prescott made the threat during a phone call on Monday morning when a supervisor contacted him on a work-related matter, then made similar statements in a separate conversation about 15 minutes later. During the call, Prescott acknowledged it was "kind of foolish of me" to say this over the phone, the supervisor told authorities.
    This is a developing story. This post has been updated to reflect new information about the suspect and alleged shooting plot. Earlier reports referred to the suspect as
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  2. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    What a crock of crap. He had 20+ firearms including "assault rifles" but needed help finding a 30 round magazine?!?!? Really?

    This reads, literally, just like a passage out of "Enemies Foreign & Domestic" or "I, Sniper".

    And it's NOT an Assault Rifle because it's NOT capable of full auto. I'm so sick of that specious mischaracterization!
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  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    there are so many things wrong with this entire scenario that I hardly know where to begin.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey+

    Pre-crime arrests ?
    Like Minority Report ?
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  5. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

  6. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Point in Fact... The guy committed a Crime of Assault by threatening to Kill his Employers Supervisor, during a Phone Call.... The investigation of THAT crime, is what caused the Search Warrant to be issued, for his Residence, AND why he was arrested. There is no "Pre-crime Arrest" here... A-Dog, or any other LEO can confirm that this is the way it works.... No threats of Bodily Harm to anyone... No crime and no arrest...... He is now under a Psychiatric Hold & Eval for 72 Hours (Normal for such alleged actions) and then will either be released, or charged for his actions, under the State Statutes of his residence.
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  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    riminal threatening is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of imminent bodily injury.
    There is no legal definition in English law as to what constitutes criminal threatening behaviour, so it is up to the courts to decide on a case by case basis. However, if somebody threatens violence against somebody, then this may be a criminal offense. In most countries it is only an offence if it can be proven the person had the intention and equipment to carry out the threat. However if the threat involves the mention of a bomb it is automatically a crime.
    In most U.S. jurisdictions, the crime remains a misdemeanor unless a deadly weapon is involved or actual violence is committed, in which case it is usually considered a felony.
    Criminal threatening can be the result of verbal threats of violence, physical conduct (such as hand gestures or raised fists), actual physical contact, or even simply the placing of an object or graffiti on the property of another person with the purpose of coercing or terrorizing.
    Criminal threatening is also defined by arson, vandalism, the delivery of noxious biological or chemical substances (or any substance that appears to be a toxic substance), or any other crime against the property of another person with the purpose of coercing or terrorizing any person in reckless disregard for causing fear, terror or inconvenience;
    "Terrorizing" generally means to cause alarm, fright, or dread in another person or inducing apprehension of violence from a hostile or threatening event, person or object.
  8. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    He sounded similar to the keyboard commando posts we read all over the web.
  9. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Exactly, EXCEPT this Yahoo actually Called his supervisor, on the Phone, TWICE and threatened his Life... and Those ACTS, are what got him in the Loonie Bin for Eval, and possible prosecution, under his States Statutes. If you have weapons, best to keep your TRAP Shut, or pay the price for your words.....
  10. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I know, lol I know.

    Right now he is thinking why would anyone believe me. :eek:
  11. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Ever taken note of the libtard press are REAL quick to point out the massive stock pile of weapon's and ammo..?
    Not just this story..all story's in the last several year's...
    The press continue's to suck...!
    TwoCrows likes this.
  12. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    I heard originally it was 1000's of rounds and now it's 400 rounds. Seriously, unless he just had a party at the range, who has 20 rounds of ammo per weapon?
  13. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+

    I agree that he was not taken into custody for a "pre-crime" offense. However, it seems that the underlying premise of every single news article in being circulated by the main stream media is an attempt to condone the action of a "pre-crime" arrest type system.

    It is scary to think that we could all be in trouble for what we enjoy discussing on the monkey...
  14. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+

    "With his skill set and education he would have had no problems finding other work with good pay. Neil did not at any point indicate to me that he had problems with where he was working," Cochran wrote.

    With his skill set and education, physically imposing size, and love of guns....he would have no porblem posing a threat to the US Government....

    ....Just sayin'
  15. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Nothing pre-crime about it. The threats were assault.

    (Twenty guns and only 400 rounds total? Piker. I have more than that in my trap range and 22 plinking supply. Heavy on the trap, had time to reload a couple hundred hulls while DSL was down for the last 4 days and the Olympics bored me.)
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