Maryland man charged in bomb threat at Baltimore TV station

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Bomb scare at Fox 45 TV station

A Maryland man accused of threatening Fox Television's Baltimore affiliate while wearing a hedgehog suit and a fake bomb vest loaded with foil-wrapped chocolate bars has been charged with arson and other counts, authorities said on Friday.

The suspect, Alex Brizzi, 25, of Elkridge, Maryland, was shot and wounded by police after trying to deliver a flash drive with video about the end of the world during Thursday's incident at the offices of WBFF-TV.

SEE ALSO: TV station evacuated due to possible bomb threat, suspect shot

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told a news conference that there was no connection to organized terrorism.

Even though the bomb was fake, "the fear of what he had shut down an entire community and scared a whole lot of people," he said in announcing the charges.

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Maryland man charged in bomb threat at Baltimore TV station
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police approach a man, laying in the street, who claims to be carrying a bomb at the Fox45 television station which was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
A man claiming to be in possession of a bomb exits the Fox45 television station which was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Baltimore Police Media Relations Director T.J. Smith briefs the press after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis briefs the press after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
A man, claiming to have a bomb, lays in the street outside of the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police have removed suspects clothes, moved him into seat van and have left scene. https://t.co/5xZncqCYau
Robot trying to get suspect to show his hands. https://t.co/ekDM4i3qGm
Loud bangs at Fox45... https://t.co/UCKZM0bkwv
Station security guard spent 45 min speaking with man making threats @FOXBaltimore https://t.co/9fshzMv3WN
A man claiming to be in possession of a bomb exits the Fox45 television station, which was evacuated due to a bomb threat, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
Police approach a man, laying in the street, who claims to be carrying a bomb at the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police maintain a cordon after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis briefs the press after the Fox45 television station was evacuated due to a bomb threat in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
.@CommishKDavis & @ @TJSmithMedia - suspect still not being cooperative despite being shot. @FOXBaltimore https://t.co/KBsS5NGyef
Tower cam view of man (in white clothing) who has been shot by police outside Fox45. Down but seen moving. https://t.co/vzPg4SDLJR

A fire was seen in a car's gas tank in the WBFF's parking lot.

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PIO en route to @FoxBaltimore. Media staging area TBD.
News director: He had a flash drive & said he had information he wanted to get on air -compared it to information found in the Panama papers
Police at Fox45. https://t.co/3Avs10kVo2
Police staging on 41st Street bridge near @FOXBaltimore studios. Man is still inside. https://t.co/YsBVWvlNBk
Fox45 building has been evacuated. Suspicious person standing in lobby said he had a bomb.
.@KarenCampbellTV on #Periscope: Fox45 evacuated. Man in lobby said he has a bomb. https://t.co/P98dL7I0fU
Right now FOX45 News Director Mike Tomko sharing info at the scene.... https://t.co/gfr42JyDAX
Live on Periscope a man is at #Fox45 News In Baltimore threatening to blow up the station https://t.co/w37fBkpIP9
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Brizzi faces charges of second-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning, both felonies. He also faces misdemeanor charges of arson threat, four counts of reckless endangerment and possessing a phony explosive device.

The suspect's father, Ed Brizzi, told NBC's WBAL-TV that his son had had problems with depression in recent years.

"About two weeks ago, Alex had some kind of a breakdown and came to us and said he had a vision from God and that he thought the world was going to end on June 3," he said.

"I think that's why he went to Fox, to try and warn all the people that the world was going to end on June 3."

Brizzi set his car's gas tank on fire in the WBFF parking lot. He then entered the building's vestibule dressed in a hedgehog suit and a surgical mask, an outfit associated with Japanese anime culture, Davis said.

He also had strapped on a life preserver with chocolate bars wrapped in foil, wires and a motherboard taken from a smoke detector.

He asked that WBFF broadcast his message, and the station was evacuated.

Brizzi was shot three times when he emerged from the station vestibule and refused police orders to take a hand from his pockets. He kept his hand on a fake detonator despite police orders to take it away, Davis said.

He is in serious but stable condition at a hospital, police said.

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