Baltimore Man in Animal Costume With Fake Bomb: Father Says His Son Was Convinced World Is Ending
Edward Brizzi of Elkridge, Ma., says his son, Alex Brizzi, was the man in the animal onesie who entered Baltimore’s Fox45 TV station, claiming he had a bomb. After exiting the building, Alex failed to comply with police commands to put his hands in the air and was shot in the neck, left wrist, butt, and right leg. He was eventually taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Brizzi says the 25-year-old believed the world was going to end on June 3.
His father said Alex told him he woke up after the incident not remembering anything. The father said his distraught son had just broken up with his girlfriend. “It looks like he’s just had a mental breakdown … what he was doing was probably putting himself out there thinking that, you know, that he wanted to die, I think,” Brizzi said, according to the Washington Post.
Besides an Aleve overdose attempt back in 2012, his father said there has been no history of treatment for anything.
“Other than that, he’s really nice kid,” Brizzi said. “We don’t argue, we don’t fight with him, he’s always nice and but, you know, he just had a mental breakdown.”
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The suspect arrived to FOX45’s station headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, wearing a mask with sunglasses, in a hooded hedgehog outfit, with a red vest-like device underneath, prompting a response from police, SWAT, and other emergency services.
He set his car on fire in the parking lot before demanding the station broadcast a story he brought with him on flash drive. FOX45’s security guard, who spoke to the suspect, said it was about government conspiracies.
Outside, he was shot and police communicated with him via a bomb-detecting robot until the situation was safe to get medical personnel in and transport him to an area hospital.
Police reported the vest was comprised of a smoke alarm motherboard with red wiring and foil-wrapped chocolate bars. Brizzi is being charged with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, threat of arson, reckless endangerment, and possessing a phony destructive device.