A Threat On Life Of Schwarzkopf

May 30, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A 34-year-old Annapolis man was in the hospital for psychiatric evaluation last night after threatening Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf yesterday, police said.

Police found 22 rounds of rifle ammunition in a pickup truck police say Scott Arthur Bradley parked outside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Police have not charged Bradley, of the 100 block of Conduit Street, but took him to Anne Arundel Medical Center for evaluation, said Annapolis police spokesman Officer Dermott Hickey.

Schwarzkopf, commander of Operation Desert Storm, was the keynote speaker at the 1991 U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremonies at the stadium.

Besidesthe ammunition, Annapolis police said they found a blue police car light -- but no weapons -- in Bradley's Datsun pickup truck.

Countypolice spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said Bradley went to his mother's Severna Park home at about 11 a.m. and asked for his grandfather's rifle and some money.

He told his mother that he needed thegun for target practice, Hickey said.

Annapolis police were warned of Bradley's intentions after a guard at Gate 1 at the Naval Academy turned him away.

"He told the sentry he was going to the stadiumto 'get the general,' " Hickey said.

Hickey, who was on the roof of the press box at the stadium, spotted Bradley, dressed in camouflage fatigues, in the crowd outside the stadium. He had parked his truck in the stadium parking lot near Cedar Park Road and was walking toward the gate, Hickey said.

"I alerted the other officers," he said. "He got through the gates and was in the concession area of the stadium."

Then city police and state troopers converged on Bradley, Hickey said.

Molloy said Bradley's mother told officers that her son was a paranoid schizophrenic who sometimes forgets to take his medicine.

Nine hundred and thirty new officers were commissioned during the afternoon ceremonies at the stadium, with 15,000 spectators in the stands.

Schwarzkopf arrived in Annapolis Tuesday night, staying overnight at the campus home of the academy superintendent.

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