Annapolis Man Charged with Threatening to Open Fire in Library
Police say John Joseph Marchesikie, 73, claims to have been "just playing" when said he would "blow this place up."
Police charged a 73-year-old Annapolis man in connection with statements he made about opening fire inside the Annapolis Area Library.
Officers entered the library at 1410 West St. around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday for a call of a dispute between a customer and a librarian.
According to the police report, John Joseph Marchesikie of Annapolis told an officer: "I am going to get my shotgun and blow this place up."
Library staff and customers backed away from Marchesikie, and three female staff members and several children started crying, police said.
One woman reportedly needed medical attention after she started having breathing problems.
When questioned by police, Marchesikie told officers that he was "just playing" because the female staff members wouldn't help him.
He was charged with reckless endangerment and making a threat. A court commissioner released Marchesikie on his own recognizance, according to online court records.