Man accused of threatening to kill workers at Montgomery Mall

State Police do not believe man could have carried out threat

January 29, 2014|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 31-year-old Rockville man was arrested Tuesday night and taken to a hospital for evaluation after threatening to kill employees at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, police said.

According to Maryland State Police, employees at a luggage store at the mall said George Hong Sik Chin was complaining about prices and became aggressive, saying he was going to kill them.

State troopers found Chin, who they said was wearing camouflage and "babbling incoherently," in another area of the mall, and he told officers he had not taken his prescribed medications.

Chin, who did not assault anyone, was taken to Suburban Hospital for an emergency evaluation. Police searched his truck and found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe, and drug charges were pending.

The arrest follows a weekend shooting at the Mall in Columbia, in which a gunman took his own life after killing two skate shop employees.

"There's heightened concern in a situation like this because of last weekend, but nothing was found in his possession that indicated he could carry out the threat," said Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police.

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