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A Maryland man who allegedly made a threat to shoot up the business he worked at has been arrested. Police has since searched his home, discovering numerous weapons and several rounds of ammunition.
Neil Prescott, 28, allegedly called his supervisor at Pitney Bowes on Monday, just after losing his job and just days after the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado. According to Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw, Prescott said, “I am the real Joker, and I'm going to blow everyone up,” reports NBC News.
According to The Associated Press, investigators found 25 weapons, including rifles and pistols, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition when they searched his home on Thursday.
However, a police database showed that Prescott had 13 weapons registered under his name.
When police searched his home, Prescott was reportedly groggy and wore a shirt that read, “Guns don't kill people, I do.”
During a press conference Friday, police said that Prescott is undergoing a mental health evaluation and charges are pending.
Magaw admitted that they took the threats especially seriously, “in light of what happened in Aurora.”
The Colorado shootings, which happened during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises last Friday, resulted in 12 deaths and 58 injuries. James Holmes, the suspect, reportedly told police he was the Joker when he was arrested.
Pitney Bowes, a mailroom supplier located just outside Washington, DC, issued a statement that confirmed that the man arrested was once an employee. The company added, “At Pitney Bowes we have clear security protocol and when we had concerns about this individual, we contacted authorities...He has not been on any Pitney Bowes property in more than four months.”