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'This Is Alarming To Us': Baltimore Police Increases Security After Organized Gang Sends Armed Member Into Station

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A 29-year-old man was reportedly sent into a Baltimore police station Tuesday with a gun in order to test out their security.

Jason Armstrong was arrested after he brought a loaded .22-caliber pistol into the Northeastern District station and reportedly confessed that he was sent there by the Black Guerilla Family gang, reports WBALTV.

Police say they smelled marijuana on Armstrong, searched him, and discovered the gun.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said new security changes will take effect within the department as a result of this alarming news, and has called for agency chiefs to meet within the next few days.

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"An organized gang in the city of Baltimore sent an armed suspect into our building to see our security, to test our security,” Batts said. “That is alarming to us, to me. I am going to send a message that we are not going to cower, we're not going to back down.”

Batts said Armstrong did not go armed into the police station by free will and was likely sent by the gang because he had done something to anger them. As such, they believe he is a credible source, reports the Washington Times.

Armstrong has been charged with several weapons and narcotics violations and is being held at Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility.

Meanwhile, security at the Baltimore County Police Department has also been adjusted in light of this recent incident.

Sources: WBALTV, Washington Times/Photo Credit: Washington Times, Kilduffs.com