Crofton Man Who Threatened Pr. George's Co-Workers Released from Hospital
To face charges of telephone misuse, Neil Prescott is set to appear in court on Aug. 30.
Neil Prescott, the Crofton man who made headlines three weeks ago in what police called an "averted threat" incident, was released from the hospital Tuesday, according to online court records.
Prescott, 28, was ordered to remain with his parents in Parkton—with no electronic monitoring—by a Prince George’s County Mental Health Court judge, reported The Washington Post.
He faces one count of telephone misuse related to threatening calls he allegedly made. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $500 fine. A hearing in Upper Marlboro is set for Aug. 30, according to online court records.
Anne Arundel County police announced they took a man into custody during a news conference on July 23, but did not name or confirm Prescott's identity until later. Police said threatening calls were reported by an employee of Pitney Bowes, a software and hardware manufacturer in Prince George's County.
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.
Police said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agents recovered 25 firearms from Prescott's apartment in Crofton, but further investigation revealed that he legally purchased the weapons. Maryland State Police said Prescott passed all background checks required to purchase firearms and his collector status was also properly applied.
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported where Prescott's parents live, which is Parkton in Baltimore County. Patch regrets the error.