Suspect is charged after Colgate standoff
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:01

Surrendered after four hours in warehouse

by Steve Matrazzo

The man taken into police custody last week after a barricade situation at Winner Distributing in the 7600 block of Canton Center Drive in Colgate has been identified.
    County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost identified the suspect as Clifton Rodney Duncan Jr., 32, of the 2600 block of Yorkway, who has been charged with first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, five counts of false imprisonment and other offenses. He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center after bail was set at $350,000.
    According to information provided by the police department, officers were dispatched at 2:28 p.m. last Wednesday in response to a report of a disturbance at the Kmart store on North Point Boulevard, after a witness stopped a patrol officer to report that a shirtless man carrying a crowbar had approached him in the parking lot of the store and threatened him, claiming to have a gun.

Police later said that Duncan had used the crowbar to destroy a glass door at the Kmart store.
    Armacost said Duncan fled the store and later threw a flower pot (earlier reports said he had used a rock) through the window of a home in the 7700 block of Eastdale Road, gaining entry to the empty house. He defied police orders to come out, reportedly yelling, “Get back; I have a gun!”
    Duncan reportedly then fled from police by exiting the rear of the house. He ran across Colgate Park to Winner, a local beer distributor, and refused to come out, again threatening to use the gun he claimed to have. Some witnesses described the man as injured or bleeding.
    A police tactical team responded to the scene, and police reported evacuating about 45 people from the building soon after the suspect entered. Five others remained inside but were described as being  “a safe distance” from the suspect. Police were able to get them out of the building about two and a half hours after the standoff began.
    The Kmart store was evacuated, and Colgate Elementary School was “locked down,” with some 250 students not dismissed from the school until approximately 5:30 p.m. Canton Center Drive was closed between Rolling Mill Road and North Point Boulevard; the Kmart parking lot was also closed and was used by police as a staging area.
    Police negotiators later established communication with Duncan, who was taken into custody at 6:46 p.m. after he opened the door and officers subdued him with a Taser. At the time he was taken into custody, police reported that no one was with him in the building.
    A knife was recovered at the Winner facility. Duncan reportedly told police that he stole the knife from the Eastdale Road home. Having apparently injured himself with the knife, Duncan was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was treated for what are described as non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.
    Police have not located a gun, but have reported that ammunition, as well as narcotics, were found in the vehicle Duncan drove to the Kmart store.