Man wielding ax causes deadlock outside radio studio after request for ICP song
A man demanding to hear an Insane Clown Posse song on a Boston radio station was arrested after a tense confrontation with police on Monday afternoon.
MEDFORD, Massachusetts – A man demanding to hear an Insane Clown Posse song on Kiss 108 was arrested after a tense standoff with police on Monday afternoon, CBS Boston reports.
As the police pulled an ax and several large knives from the suspect’s car, witnesses were still trying to digest what they had just seen.
“He was just crazy, absolutely crazy all the time,” witness Greg Gross said.
It started just after 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon with calls to 911 about a man in a red car wielding guns outside the radio studios on Cabot Road in Medford where he apparently tried unsuccessfully to request the song ” My Ax “from the Insane Clown Posse, then stormed over his failure to several passers-by outside.
“He got out of his car with a machete, stopped a girl who worked on the second floor, and said ‘I want you to play me a song,'” Doreen Schaivone told CBS Boston.
A swarm of heavily armed officers found themselves locked in the suspect’s red sedan outside the building and the stalemate began when the suspect drank beer and blew something into a paper bag. At one point, he got out of his vehicle.
âThey tried to get him to the ground and he refused and he said ‘you’re going to have to kill me then’,â Gross said.
A cellphone video shows police unsuccessfully trying to subdue the suspect with a Taser and an ottoman – even as the police negotiator tried to play with the suicidal man’s song choice.
âThe bargaining agent was trying to get that song on the radio at one point just to calm him down,â Gross said.
It took almost three hours, but the police finally convinced the suspect to surrender with only a few self-inflicted minor cuts on his arms.
“It was a peaceful resolution for everyone involved and no one was seriously injured and we are grateful for that,” Medford Police Lt. Joseph Casey said.
Police refused to release the suspect’s name, but said he would undergo a psychiatric assessment.