Newark man arrested after apparent assault, property damage at Elkton workplace


Maryland State Police arrested a Newark man on Friday regarding an alleged assault and making threats against a workplace in Cecil County.

Brian Knight, 26, of Newark is charged with the threat of mass violence, second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property. Knight was arrested without incident and is awaiting an appearance before the court commissioner.

On Thursday, troopers received a 9-1-1 call from an employee at a food distribution warehouse in the 400 block of Fletchwood Road in Elkton. Burris Logistics has a site in that area

The caller reported an irate individual inside the building damaging property and threatening to kill everyone in the building.

Troopers met with several witnesses on the scene, including the supervisor who had noticeable injuries due to the alleged assault.

Police were told a man, later identified as Knight, was an employee of the facility. Police were also told that Knight had assaulted his supervisor during a discussion and then began smashing items in the building and damaging property.

Witnesses told police Knight exited the building while making threats of mass violence and threatening to return to the site.

After receiving a warrant, the Maryland State Apprehension Team found Knight and his vehicle at his home in Delaware at 10:30 a.m. Friday. He was arrested without incident. He will be taken to the District Court Commissioner’s office in Cecil County to await an initial appearance.

A release from the State Police stated that co-workers and residents should inform law enforcement when hearing about workplace threats. Maryland has seen workplace shooting cases in Annapolis and other areas.

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