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Friend Of Neil Prescott, Thwarted ‘Joker’ Office Shooter, Says He’s A Gentle Giant

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The Pitney Bowes location where Neil Prescott worked as a federal subcontractor. (Credit: George Mesthos / All-News 99.1 WNEW)

The Pitney Bowes location where Neil Prescott worked as a federal subcontractor. (Credit: George Mesthos / All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A friend of Neil E. Prescott, the Maryland man accused of threatening to shoot up his workplace, is a “gentle giant” who collected weapons and had expressed concerns about break-ins near his apartment complex.

Mike Cochran tells The Associated Press on Saturday that he thinks Prescott did not intend for his comments to be taken seriously. Cochran says Prescott was known for having a sarcastic sense of humor.

Police say Prescott, who was in the process of being fired, told a supervisor this week that he was a “joker” and was going to load his guns and “blow everybody up.” Prescott was taken into custody for an emergency psychiatric evaluation and has not been charged.

Cochran says Prescott was “no stranger to sarcasm regardless of political correctness.”

A police search of Prescott’s apartment yielded 25 different firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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