Threatened to blow himself up unless the station broadcast his “important information” about a financial scandal
4/28/16 – (USA Today) A man wearing a surgical mask and sunglasses and dressed as a hedgehog, or possibly a white panda, was shot by police Thursday at a Baltimore TV station after threatening to blow himself up unless the station broadcast his “important information” about a financial scandal.
The man had told a TV security guard that he had information similar to the “Panama Papers” offshore banking scandal that he wanted broadcast. Police evacuated the building during an afternoon standoff.
Mike Tomko, news director of WBFF-TV, says he encountered the oddly dressed man in the station’s lobby.
“He talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full-body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses,” Tomko said. “He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers. I told him, ‘I can’t let you in, you’re going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.’ He wouldn’t do that. Apparently he had made some threats before.”
The flash drive contained videos of the man talking to the camera about what he believed were government conspiracies, WBA:L-TV reports.