Police Search For Armed Suspect Who Attacked Speed Camera Vehicle Near BW Parkway

LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ)– Terrifying moments on 295 spark an intense manhunt after a screaming man armed with a shotgun and hammer began attacking a speed camera vehicle parked on the side of the road.

Derek Valcourt has the latest on the incident and the search for the suspect.

Police spent hours and hours searching but the suspect who attacked a speed camera vehicle remains at large.

There was chaos as police helicopters and SWAT teams converged on the Baltimore Washington Parkway around 11:30 Wednesday morning.  The highway shut down for hours as police searched for a man carrying a hammer and shotgun who walked out of the woods along the highway and began to attack a speed camera vehicle while the contractor who drove it was still inside.

“He said the individual went to the rear window of the Jeep and began tapping on the window with the shotgun.  The witness was obviously frightened and at that point began honking his horn.  He said the individual then came around to the front of the truck and began striking the windshield with his hammer,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.

The shotgun was never fired but the car’s windshield was ruined.  The contractor sitting inside was unharmed.

When the suspect took off, police say he ran into the woods that run alongside the southbound lane of the Baltimore Washington Parkway.  Teams of officers searched the area for more than three hours before deciding it was safe to reopen the parkway.

Nearby businesses and hotels warned employees and guests.

“The hotel told us that they had locked all the doors,” said Kim Weber.

“Stay in the room, lock the door, go in your car, lock the door,” said Derick Thomas.  “I was like, `What’s going on?'”

The suspect is described as a 60- to 65-year-old white man, about 5’8″, 150 pounds.  He has gray hair and was wearing a red and blue plaid shirt and jeans.

Police say they don’t really have a motive for the attack.  The contractor in the car said he could hear the suspect yelling something but he couldn’t understand what the man was saying.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the suspect or who may know him to call 410-761-5130.

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  • Chris

    I’m sure conservative talk radio (WCBM 680), more specifically Sean & Frank, will rationalize this. Clearly it’s all the fault of the oppressive government putting in speed cameras.

    • Suzanne Noel

      Duh, Chris, it is the fault of the oppressive government you voted for.

  • tylerjake

    LMAO, what a bunch of whack liberals whining on here!

  • e

    Your HELICOPTER feed made it to Fox News National

  • Redwing

    My new hero! This whole camera scam is just that.

    • metalpunk

      Yea, true American hero. When laws are used solely for the generation of revenue, the entire concept of law is tainted.

  • rick

    what are these hill billies up to now. they going to blame this on obama too right. red necks what do you expect

    • Ray

      Yep… All Obama’s fault

    • Kimberly Blackwell

      yeah there aint nuttn wrong w/us hillbilly rednecks were proud of who we are!!!

      • your purty

        SLeeping with your brother or cousin aint nothing to be proud of ms. blackwell!!!

  • T

    I live near there and travel that route to work every day. I’ve been popped three damn times by that stupid camera car, when I was barley going over the speed limit, and when ZERO construction workers were even on site yet.

    Thanks dude for breaking it, lol. Now, turn yourself in.

    • Tom J

      You have to be going 12 miles an hour over the limit to get a ticket.

      • Tony Diaz

        Not when they tweak the radar to make it look like you’re going faster. My cousin got clocked in doing 20 mph over when he was only FIVE over. This is nothing but a revenue-extraction scam from the plunderbund in Annapolis. It has nothing to do with keeping the roads safe. Speed and red light cameras have actually CAUSED more accidents than they were supposed to prevent (especially the red light cameras).

    • rick

      you need to slow down buddy, it only goes off when you are driving too fast

      • Theresa

        Not necessarily true. There are law suits involved due to inaccurate tickets being generated. You can find the cases on the web.

      • Suzanne Noel

        Really? It only goes off when your speeding? How do you know that?

    • tate

      T, it takes a pic when you’re doing 12mph or more over the speed limit. It’s not Nascar, slow down.

      • Simeon Owens

        The average highway speed in Maryland is 12 miles over the speed limit. Just raise the speed limit.

  • Kelly

    Wow, you all think this has to do with the Speed Cameras or is political and you think its funny! What the hell?! This guy is shooting after people in their cars. He is a wackado and is very harmful! Glad you all see the humor in it! You all are some great citizens!

    • Simeon Owens

      I didn’t read anything about shooting at cars. I think it’s quite possible the guy didn’t have a gun at all.

      Yes it is about Speed Cameras and intrusive government – this kind of thing was overdue.

    • T

      Now here in this story does it say that he’s shooting people in their cars.

    • tate

      Kelly, look at the pic above. It is of the speed cam Jeep, and “he smashed out windows of a parked car” according to several sources.

    • Billiam

      Kelly – relax – by the way, where in the world did you get the word “wackado? Is that some kind of new slang?

    • Billiam

      Am I missing something, or are you getting this confused with the Young and the Restless? Ellen comes on at 3:00 so this should divert your attention for a while. Come on! Shooting windows out of cars???? Shooting people? Talk about sensationalism!

  • Kelly

    Why the HELL are people discussing Race now?????? You all are crazy!!!! Cant we all just forget race for once, damn!

    • Billiam

      Because this is what people do, Kelly. Anyone who feels “offended” will bring the race card because they can. Everyone has to be politically correct today or he or she will be pegged as a racist. It’s freedom of speech – the Constitution guarantees that, much less than WJZ-TV who will pull your post in a heartbeat. Races of people are offended when they are “lumped” into the mass of their race instead of being looked at as individuals. It will never change.

  • aggravated

    My husband has been popped 4 times from these cameras and I yelled at him to slow down but I have to say this. I was stuck in traffic and was only creeping along maybe going 15-20 miles per hour and as I passed it clocked all of us as if we were going 47. So I had to eat crow that night. I no longer believe in these cameras and wish that I would have thought to take a video of it !!!

  • fraught

    I’ve said for over a year that these workzone speed cameras were going to rattle some of the unstable psycho’s out there. I can’t believe that the state would actually place a live human being in harm’s way like that. Hope they catch the guy and hope they find a good use for his hammer.

  • you fools

    LOL you people are as racist as the baltimoresun site

  • JJ

    Guess that Speed Vehicle will be out of service for a few days!!!

    • omalley sucks

      Nope, already replaced and back up bringing in more $$$$ for Omalley!

      • fraught

        Keep breaking the law,keep sending the money. It’s your choice, not omalleys. You might consider changing the law, oh, I forgot you don’t want to do things the american way,. Go back to your home country is probably the best solution

      • Chris

        Well Who ever this guy is I would buy im a drink not one person was hurt just those camers…. and Leave us Red Necks alone

  • Suzanne Noel

    These photo radar companies and states don’t think twice about the safety of the drivers. The drivers are doing a police man’s job but they aren’t given the training or protection they need – vests, guns, etc.

  • Suzanne Noel

    There was a photo radar van driver killed here in Arizona.

  • Dude!!

    I’m surprised the guy in the truck even seen anything. When I went by before it happened he was asleep with the vest hanging on the windshield keeping the light out. Waste of Tax money at its best.

    • Simeon Owens

      That actually makes perfect sense as to why he honked the horn instead of driving away. They’re always asleep in there with the vest hanging in the windshield. What a waste!!!

  • metalpunk

    When laws are used solely to generate revenue, the entire concept of law is tainted, and the citizens have a duty to rebel. This guy is a true american hero in my book.

    • parrot

      How many times are you going to repeat yourself, punk? Jeez, we heard ya the first time, Rush limbaugh!

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  • Ben Dover

    modern day robin hood!

    These speed traps are nothing more than a tax on drivers. Whiny liberals who only use public transportation love them!

  • Bob

    Somebody steps in front of my vehicle waving a hammer and pointing a shotgun, I run him over……..I don’t jump out of the vehicle and hide behind the guardrail.

  • todd

    Wonderful. Where is this guy because I would like to thank him. Attack that bs tyrannical technology.

  • 1st Responder

    Relax folks. We already have a person of interest in this case and will soon be placing Larry The Cable Guy under arrest.

  • big truck

    Judging by the description I’d say Larry The Cable Guy did it. Git-r-done.

  • Roger

    “Police raced to the BW Parkway near the airport.” Protect and Serve that revenue generation officer…

  • KottaMan

    Start looking at posts in the German media where this equipment comes from. There are videos of the errors in speed and the wrong vehicle being ticketed. This program is about money that’s all. Millions of dollars to the state and many more than that to the private for-profit firm that gets a large piece of the action for every ticket written.. Same with the red light cam’s as well.

  • Will

    So, what if this were to become a trend. Destroying traffic cameras as civil disobedience. He was probably armed so the technician wouldn’t interfere. Isn’t everyone sick of the cops picking your pocket for city hall.

    What about the bogus amount of parking and traffic tickets in the last week of every month? Safety? BA-loney the man wants to get in our pockets even deeper.

    Have you seen the parking meters that zero themselves when a car leaves the parking space; no more getting minutes from the previous driver.

    It’s about the money we see how the cops hauled a$$ to the scene; protecting the revenue stream.

    It’s all about and only about the money.

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