Police: Man threatens to kill employees at luggage store in incident at Montgomery mall

A man was taken into custody Tuesday evening after he claimed he was armed and threatened to kill employees of a luggage store at a shopping mall in Montgomery County.

Police said George Hong Sik Chin, 31, of Rockville went into the Tumi luggage store at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and threatened employees. He became irate and aggressive toward them, store employees told police. He complained about the prices and “stated he was going to kill them,” according to police.

When police responded to the 911 call for a man who was acting suspiciously at the mall around 6 p.m., they found Chin near a mall exit. They said Chin made “babbling, incoherent and rambling statements” to police and “told them he had not taken his prescribed medication.”

Chin was searched and no weapons were found on him. Police said Chin did not physically assault anyone.

The mall was not evacuated.

Chin was taken by Maryland State Police to Suburban Hospital, where he is being held for an emergency evaluation. Police also searched Chin’s 2007 Ford Ranger pickup truck that was parked in the mall’s lot and found no weapons.

Chin faces drug charges after police said they found a “small amount of suspected marijuana” in a folded piece of paper and a glass smoking device with “burnt residue” in his truck, according to authorities.

The incident at Montgomery mall came on a night of extra security precautions because of President Obama’s State of the Union address. And it came on the heels of Saturday’s violent incident at the Mall in Columbia where two people and a 19-year-old gunman from College Park died.

Staff writers Martin Weil and Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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