Man charged after making suicide threat

Doctors evaluating psychological condition of Laurel resident, 38

February 09, 2000|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

A Laurel man who threatened suicide in the parking lot of a Columbia library Monday will be charged with assaulting police officers, weapons violations and other offenses, Howard County police said yesterday.

Doctors at Howard County General Hospital were evaluating yesterday the psychological condition of the man, Glen Williams, 38, of the 8400 block of Dulwick Court.

An arrest warrant charging Williams with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and illegal possession of a firearm was issued yesterday, said Sgt. John Superson, a police spokesman. Police will serve the warrant once Williams is released from the hospital.

Williams, who uses a wheelchair, arrived at the Central Library of Howard County on Little Patuxent Parkway just after 4 p.m. Monday. He apparently became angry after handing a librarian a piece of paper. What angered Williams was unclear yesterday, but witnesses said he seemed upset about his Social Security benefits.

About 150 people were in the library when he went to the parking lot, brandished what was believed to be a gun and threatened to kill himself. Library patrons were trapped inside for about two hours as police negotiated with Williams.

During the negotiations, officers escorted library patrons out through a side door. They then boarded a bus that took them to Wilde Lake High School.

The standoff ended about 6: 20 p.m. when Williams slumped over in his chair and officers arrested him.

Police later determined the gun was fake. No one was injured.

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