Authorities got a surprise when they investigated what was supposedly a bomb strapped to a man who used the device to threaten the headquarters of Fox station WBFF-TV in Baltimore Thursday afternoon. Baltimore CBS station WJZ-TV reports that the device turned out to be made of candy — chocolate bars wrapped in aluminum foil, connected by wires.
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Alex Brizzi. His “bomb rig” also reportedly had a device running down the sleeve that was meant to resemble a detonator, and the fake bomb reportedly included a motherboard from a fire extinguisher along with a flotation device.
Brizzi was reportedly found sitting in the lobby of the TV station when tactical units arrived. He was wearing a full-size “onesy” animal costume, which has been described as a panda or hedgehog costume, along with a surgical mask.
Brizzi was shot soon after he exited the station, as he allegedly refused to cooperate with authorities. He was reportedly shot four times.
Brizzi was later disarmed with the help of a bomb robot and was taken into custody, being taken from the scene in an ambulance. He was said to be hospitalized in serious condition, but was expected to survive.