He walked back to the truck, steered up the walkway and began ramming the front vestibule until he drove through. A witness said he sprayed a fire extinguisher and ran upstairs with a black bag while everyone else evacuated the building.
Baltimore County SWAT and K-9 officers found Baptiste barricaded in an office, where a video feed showed him watching news coverage of the event. He had taped messages to the window that included "I am God almighty!" and "I'm here to save you all from the energies," police said.
"Everything is unfolding I don't have to do anything!" said another message, signed "Love Vladimir (GOD)."
Tactical teams breached the room, police said, and found no weapons in Baptiste's black bag or in the building. He did have a golf club with him, police said.
In police interviews, Baptiste elaborated about "multiverses." He cited recent world events and tragedies as "examples of the multiverses in that they never actually happened," police wrote in their report.
When police asked him why he targeted WMAR, he told detectives he wanted to expose his parents because they are "running the multiverses." He said he didn't intend to hurt anyone.
"We do not know if there is a motive or why he chose WMAR," Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Wednesday. "Mr. Baptiste's comments were incoherent."
Mae Baptiste, a geriatric nursing assistant who said she holds three jobs to make ends meet, immigrated to the United States from Haiti in 1990. Nine years later, she said, she brought over her six children, including Vladimir, to escape political turmoil.
She said her son, who is artistically talented and especially good working with the elderly, began making odd comments about a year ago. He often recited the words "oh boy, oh boy" repeatedly.
Last August, she said, he was hospitalized at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Towson. She said she did not know if he was diagnosed with a mental illness.
Her son often believed he had spoken with family members when he had not, she said. Baptiste would say, "I saw you, you didn't listen to me," his mother said. "He thought somebody is out to get me," she said.
After he left the hospital, he promised his mother he would continue working on his education but instead ended up at Sinai Hospital's psychiatric unit after a fight with his brother, she said.
"I said, 'Listen, keep him,' " Mae Baptiste said she told doctors. "Don't let him out. I need some help."
Doctors released him to an outpatient treatment program, she said. She believed her son was still at the program on Tuesday, when she returned from a job interview in the afternoon to find detectives at her door. It was her birthday.
She later found out that the outpatient program had "graduated" him on Monday, she said.
Vladimir Mehul Baptiste
Charges: Eleven criminal counts, including three charges of attempted second-degree murder, multiple first-degree assault charges, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, burglary and theft.