BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- When a 25-year-old man walked through the front doors of FOX45 Thursday afternoon and announced a bomb threat, security guard Jay Apostolides sprang into action.
To keep the man calm until the building could be evacuated and police could arrive on the scene, Apostolides engaged him in conversation and was handed a flash drive which the man said contained information that needed to be aired.
"It's him talking into the camera," Apostolides described. "He was pretty much saying how the government is hiding the truth behind black holes and the sun."
Apostolides scanned through the contents of the flash drive before the suspect asked for it back, hearing snippets of what the man described as "the truth."
"The truth being what a black hole is and what they're used for," Apostolides described. "He then goes on to talk about the sun."
Apostolides added, "I skipped to the end and he said he was willing to die to get his message heard."
The suspect, who was identified by his family as Alex Brizzi, was shot by police in front of the station after an hours-long standoff.
A robot was sent in to strip him of the explosive device, which turned out to be chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil, held together with wiring and strapped to a motherboard, investigators said.
Brizzi remained in a hospital in serious condition Friday morning.
FOX45's Shelley Orman spoke with the suspect's father, Edward Brizzi, Thursday evening. Edward described his son as a "nice kid" with no history of mental illness, who suffered what he described as a "break."
"It looks like he's just had mentally a breakdown," Edward said Thursday night. "What he was doing was probably putting himself out there thinking that he wanted to die, I think."
The investigation is ongoing.Police are holding a press briefing at 12:15 p.m., which will air on FOX45 News and online: foxbaltimore.com/live/event