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Neil Prescott Faces Telephone Misuse Charges in Averted Threat Case

Charges against the Crofton man were announced during a press conference Wednesday by the state's attorney and police chief of Prince George's County.

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.)—Neil Prescott of Crofton was charged with telephone misuse related to an last week in which he allegedly made threatening calls to his workplace.

The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon by Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks and Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw at the county courthouse in Upper Marlboro.

Alsobrooks said that Section 3-804 was the only Maryland law under which Prescott could be charged because the state does not have a law against making threats by phone. The charge of telephone misuse, which is a misdemeanor in the state, carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $500 fine.

Prescott won't be arrested until his release from an Annapolis hospital where he has been since Friday. Magaw said it's his understanding that charges are also pending by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

If convicted and sentenced to more than two years, Prescott would not be able to own or buy additional guns.

Anne Arundel County police announced they took a man into custody early Friday morning during a news conference, but did not name or confirm the identity of the male suspect. Police said on Friday during a press conference that a man made threatening calls to Pitney Bowes, a software and hardware manufacturer.

Prescott allegedly said, "I'm the joker, and I'm going to load my guns and blow everyone up."

Supervisors told investigators that they received threats from a disgruntled employee who was in the process of being fired—but a spokesperson for Pitney Bowes said the man was actually an employee of a subcontractor of the company.

A team that included Prince George’s County detectives; ATF special agents; and members of the Anne Arundel County Special Operations Division executed a search warrant at Prescott's Crofton apartment about 3:20 a.m. Friday. Police said the ATF from the home and released a photo of the weapons. Alsobrooks said he owned all of the guns legally and will not face any gun charges from the state.

Magaw said that the police's priority was to eliminate the threat.

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Tea L August 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
If this is the only charge available against such a terror threat, which is what threatening to commit mass murder should be, especially while in possession of the tools to carry ot put, then lawmakers must address this gap. Also, while I am in favor of responsible gun ownership, someone who makes the specific threats as he (allegedly) did should have his right curtailed by a court order. Seriously, this kind of thing must be taken seriously.
Laura Roskelly August 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Thank God he misused that telephone!
Bruce Dixon August 01, 2012 at 09:13 PM
He has done nothing wrong! Wasn't there a movie about mind reading and then arresting people on what they might do? ATF ? They killed their own people with the guns the so called leadership let walk to Mexico! What a bunch of crap!
Chris W August 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Hold the the phone,. Yes, he did do something very wrong. He made threats to splatter someone's brains, and blow people up. There is a conversation to be had about people who make serious threats like this. I am 100% behind the right to bear arms;however, as with all rights, there are also responsibilities.
Henry Bowman August 02, 2012 at 08:10 AM
He >allegedly< made threats and other than one other person's statement, there is no evidence that he did so. Maybe he's a whack job that does need to be locked up, but the fact is that the evidence is lacking. All he has to do is continue to say, "I didn't say it" and he's going to walk.
Chris W August 02, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Yes he will walk lacking other evidence. They can prove A conversation took place with phone records. Unless someone else was able to hear the threats as well we will likely go free. If he did say those things he is the type of person that gives gun owners a bad name.
april August 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The worst part about this case has nothing to do with guns, its about the police leaking information about their investigation before the investigation was even complete. They didn't, and have yet to, even interview him. It is completely irresponsible to profile and judge someone because they excersize a legal right that you don't believe in. At least conduct a full investigation before announcing that a violent episode was thwarted and the suspect has mental problems. Instead of being scared of becoming a shooting victim, I am scared that someone's unsubstantiated claims can get me committed and publicly humiliated. The police and media turned the tragic mass shooting in Colorado into tragic mass hysteria in Maryland.
Neil B August 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
MInority report. Arresting people for pre-crime is a bad precedent to set.
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