Dress-wearing suspect taken into custody after police standoff

Published 09/23 2012 06:58PM

Updated 09/23 2012 08:30PM

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 NEWS) - A man that police believe may have planted explosive devices in a Millcreek neighborhood has surrendered after barricading himself in his home Sunday.

Police believe that David Charles Baker left two possible explosives at a Mt. Olympus home near 4585 S. Thousand Oaks Drive Sunday afternoon.  Baker then returned to his home near 3100 East Del Mar, threatened neighbors and barricaded himself inside his own home.

When police arrived Baker made remarks of his abilities to create working explosives. Baker also had multiple propane and gas tanks in his backyard.  

The bomb squad, Fire Department, Unified Police and SWAT were all called to the scene. Police evacuated about 40 homes to check the neighborhood for additional explosive devices.

Neighbors said that Baker's behavior had been growing increasingly irrational within recent months and he had apocalyptic type messages in his home.  Baker had been posting angry YouTube videos refering to himself as the Reverened David Charles Baker and also claiming that he is running for president. 

Police were able to talk Baker out of his home and take him into custody around 7 p.m. The suspect was wearing a dress at the time of arrest.

Two packages near the Mt. Olympus home thought to be explosives by police, were found to be boxes of pornography. 

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