A Department of Education worker was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after police discovered he was obsessed with the Colorado movie theater massacre suspect James Holmes.
According to NBC News, when authorities questioned him about photos of the alleged shooter he had at his office desk, the 60-year-old employee allegedly told them he was obsessed with Holmes. He told police Holmes reminded him of himself when he was younger and that he sympathized with the accused killer because he doesn't like his co-workers.
Police responded to DoE's Brooklyn technology offices Wednesday night after receiving complaints of the employee's suspicious activity. They found a photo of suspect Holmes on the employee's computer screen and photos of the alleged killer "all over his desk."
Sources say the man seemed dazed and appeared to be drinking. Police found pill bottles and alcohol in his apartment.
The employee lunged at cops while inside his apartment, sources said. He was taken into custody and brought to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Police believe that the 61-year-old man was potentially attempting a copycat style attack, although no weapons or any other threats were found in his apartment.
Police sources say that the man is not expected to be charged at this point.
Holmes is being held in a Colorado jail after he walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora last week and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.