Suspect Who Prompted Evacuation of Baltimore TV News Station Identified


(ABC News)–A man dressed in an animal “onesie” costume was shot by police today when he refused to surrender after reportedly making a bomb threat at a Baltimore TV news station, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials identified the man to ABC News as Alex Brizzi, 25, of Howard County, Maryland. A warrant was executed at his house Thursday and authorities visited his family home.

Brizzi was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. He is expected to survive, according to police.

Brizzi walked out of the building in what police describe as a “panda outfit” and didn’t take orders to remove his hands out of his pockets. Brizzi was then shot at least three times by an officer, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and a robot was later deployed to disarm him when he failed to cooperate with law enforcement.

Following the stand-off with police, investigators found out that what originally appeared to be an explosive device on Brizzi was a vest stuffed with chocolate candy bars, nothing wired that could possibly blow up. There was also a small motherboard contraption that was attached to him and a wire running down the sleeve of his jacket that emulated a detonation device, police said.

“It does not appear that this was a device capable of actual explosives,” Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said. “Those devices were actually chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil with wiring connecting each of them.”

Brizzi also had a flash drive with him that he wanted the TV station to air, police said.

The station, WBFF, is located on W. 41st Street and its building was evacuated soon after the bomb threat was received.

The Fox building is remains a crime scene and police said they are searching for any other possible explosive devices, but did not have a timeline for when the investigation would be completed. All of the employees at Fox are safe and accounted for at this time, police said, and there are no other injuries.

In an interview with WBFF, Brizzi’s father, Edward Brizzi, says his son claims he doesn’t remember the episode. The elder Brizzi also said his son had recently broken up with his girlfriend.

The initial emergency call came in at 1:20 p.m. from the Fox affiliate and authorities responded to the threat made by an unidentified suspect who claimed to have a bomb. Police said Brizzi was in costume and donned a surgical mask and also had what they described as a red flotation type of apparatus.

A car was also set on fire in front of the news station at the time the man entered the station. Police said the fire was associated with the man claiming to have a bomb.

No charges have been filed against Brizzi at this time. Police said they are working with the Maryland state’s attorney’s office and federal partners on potential charges.

ABC News’ Margaret Chadbourn and Jack Date contributed to this report.

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