Bank Evacuated; Man Who Claimed To Have Bomb In Police Custody

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Police say they have apprehended a person after a man with a backpack claimed to have a bomb at BB&T Bank in Ferndale.

Sgt. Jacklyn Davis with Anne Arundel County Police says the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday, as police received several calls from BB&T Bank at 7300 block of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Ferndale from both employees and customers who said that a man entered the bank and claimed there was a bomb in his backpack.

When officers arrived on scene they could see the person the person they believed to be the suspect pacing back and forth in a menacing manner.

However, officers were able to get the suspect out of the bank and into custody, and evacuate the remaining customers and employees.

Police have identified the suspect as 37-year-old Zachariah Thomas Young of the 1100 block of Tace Drive in Essex.

The bomb squad was able to do a sweep of the building and did not find an explosive device.

Anne Arundel County Police say they are over 5 people in the bank at the time of the incident and the suspect remains is in custody.

“I’m not sure what the motive was here, it’s definitely very scary. It’s not something we take lightly, it’s not something the fire department takes lightly. It’s not something the public, in general, takes lightly,” says Sgt. Davis.

“It’s a very serious matter, especially in today’s day and age when terrible things happen. Luckily, everyone got out safely and thankfully nobody was hurt.”

Police are still investigating, collecting evidence and surveillance video of the incident.

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