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Father: TV crash suspect prone to outbursts

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A man accused of slamming a stolen truck into a television station was charged Wednesday with second-degree attempted murder, and his father said he had recently become prone to violent outbursts.

"He'd be screaming 'Oh, boy! Oh, boy!' and sometimes he would punch the walls," Jean-Claudy Baptiste, 64, said of his son, Vladimir. "When someone keeps screaming 'Oh, boy! Oh, boy!' I thought something was wrong."

Vladimir Baptiste, 28, of Parkville, is charged with three counts of second-degree attempted murder, police said. He also faces charges of assault, burglary and malicious destruction of property and theft, online court records show. He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $750,000 bail.

At a hearing Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore County District Judge Alexandra Williams denied bail for Baptiste, saying the suspect is "obviously a threat to public safety." Baptiste waived his right to appear before the court.

Baptiste was taken into custody Tuesday after spending nearly five hours barricaded inside WMAR-TV in Towson, watching journalists deliver live reports from just outside the building. Police say no one, including Baptiste, was injured.

According to charging documents, detectives discovered several notes Baptiste had written inside the station. One document read, "Everything is unfolding I don't have to do anything!" signed "Love, Vladimir."

Court documents show that Baptiste told detectives, "he is the reincarnation of 'King Tut' and 'Jesus Christ' and lives in a world of 'multiverses' where bad things happen to people and they disappear because they are not real." Baptiste also said he set out on Tuesday to "close the multiverse" by crashing into the news station. Baptiste told detectives he did not intend to hurt anyone.

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