A Maryland man who threatened to shoot up his workplace will be charged with misdemeanor telephone misuse because the state lacks the type of law necessary to charge him with a more serious offense, officials said Wednesday.
Neil E. Prescott, 28, will remain hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation, Angela Alsobrooks, the state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, said at a televised news conference. Prescott could also face federal weapons charges.
A onetime supervisor of Prescott told police last week that Prescott had referred to himself as "a joker" in telephone calls in which he threatened to shoot up a former workplace in Maryland.
The calls came in the wake of the July 20 mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater. That rampage, in which 12 people were killed and 58 injured, occurred during a showing of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."
The report of the calls prompted police to raid Prescott's apartment in Crofton, Md.; there, authorities said, officers seized a cache of weapons, including semiautomatic rifles and pistols and thousands of rounds of ammunition