ARNOLD, Md. (WJZ)–A former student is charged with reporting an armed hostage hoax at Anne Arundel County Community College on Tuesday.
Police say George Carlisle II, 43, called 911 around 12:22 p.m. Tuesday identifying himself as a college professor and indicating there was an armed female student inside of Anne Arundel Community College holding approximately eight students at gunpoint.
But it all turned out to be hoax.
“Law enforcement takes all hoaxes extremely seriously as they put the public at risk and elicit a large police response,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis in a release. “Crime fighting works best when there are partnerships with our allied law enforcement agencies and the community, and that was on display throughout this investigation thanks to our collaboration with AACC’s Public Safety Office.”
Detectives were able to develop a suspect in the case based on evidence and help from staff members.
“Our faculty and staff regularly prepare for these types of scenarios and I commend the response of everyone involved,” said Chief Gary Lyle, Director of Public Safety for Anne Arundel County Community College. “That training coupled with the relationship we have with the Anne Arundel County Police Department was instrumental in developing information quickly that led to identifying the suspect.”
Officers handed out fliers in the Columbia area of Howard County, where the suspect frequents.
On Wednesday, Carlisle was positively identified by a citizen and apprehended by police.
He is charged with telephone misuse, disrupting school operations and providing a false statement to law enforcement.