TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Police say an armed suspect is in custody after he allegedly made threats on an MTA bus in the Lutherville-Timonium area.
The incident happened near the Yorkridge Shopping Center in the area of West Ridgely Road and Francke Avenue around 10 a.m. Friday. Police said the suspect was the only person on the bus.
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The suspect had been lying on the floor in the middle of the bus, at which point the bus driver approached him. He was armed with a handgun, police said, and threatened to shoot people, which was when the bus driver called 911.
“Once she went to approach him, she clearly saw the handle of a gun tucked into his waist,” Baltimore County Police Sgt. Vickie Warehime said.
When officers arrived, the man was reportedly pacing back and forth. Roads in the area were shut down while police tried to communicate with him.
“The whole area was surrounded by police, SWAT team, county police and whatnot,” Cockeysville resident Antonio Butler said.
After around two hours, the Baltimore County Police Tactical Team made contact with the man and got him safely off the bus, at which point they took him into custody.
People in the area when the incident happened said they’re relieved no one was hurt.
We don’t want to see bus drivers hurt,” Lansdowne resident Llian Wilt said.
Police are still investigating what led the man to make the threats.