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Machete wielding man seen twice on JHU campus causes concern

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jun 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 09:41:31-04

BALTIMORE — A machete wielding man has caused recent concern around the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.

The latest incident happened on June 12 in the area of Wyman Park and San Martin Drive.

Baltimore Police and Campus Security were alerted of a man armed with a weapon acting erratically at the location.

A Campus Safety and Security officer first located the individual and used pepper spray after the man refused to listen to the officer and remove his hand from something hidden underneath his sweatshirt.

Arriving Baltimore Police officers ended up recovering a machete from the man and took him into custody in the 2700 block of Wyman Park Drive.

Police told security that they sent the man to an area mental health facility for evaluation.

According to a Johns Hopkins public safety advisory, the very same man was also seen on campus on May 28. He was reportedly just given a verbal trespass warning at the time.

On each occasion the man has reportedly been seen wearing the same brown hooded sweatshirt and dark gray sweatpants. He's described as a black male, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, between 40 to 50 years of age, with black hair and a full beard.

At this point, Johns Hopkins says they, along with the police department, are working together to determine if the man poses any ongoing threat to the community.

Anyone who witnessing concerning behavior is asked to call Campus Security at 410-516-7777