The homeless man who reportedly threatened WRBL employees has been temporarily banned from the news station.
Cedric Phillips, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count each of making terroristic threats and criminal trespassing Monday during Recorder's Court hearing.
Judge Michael Cielinski placed Phillips in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds $51,000. The judge also ordered that Phillips be banned from the 1350 13th Ave. business for one year.
Cielinski bounded the case over to Superior Court, where WRBL will have to opportunity to request Phillips be permanently banned from their news station.
"Obviously this is extremely upsetting to our staff, and we just want to make sure we do everything to keep him away from the building permanently," a leader with the news station told Judge Cielinski.
An officer testified that he and another official were called to the news station Friday at 11:40 p.m. in reference to a shirtless man in blue jeans carrying a steel pipe inside of the facility.
The official said that when they arrived, they found Phillips outside talking to several WRBL staff members.
The victims told police that they were conducting a meeting when they heard a commotion come from outside of the room. Thinking that it was coming from the television, they continued their meeting.
When the heard profanity, the explored the area and allegedly found Phillips carrying a 20-inch piece of metal pipe in an section of the building only meant for employees.
When a staff member asked him what he was doing there, Phillips reportedly cursed at the employee and questioned what he was doing in the business, the officer testified.
Phillips allegedly said he was going to mess everyone up before raising the pipe and attempting to strike an employee, the officer said. The staff member grabbed Phillip's arm, secured the pipe and threw it the floor. Then other members removed the pipe from the room, the official added.
No one was harmed, the officer said.
Phillips had to forcibly be removed from the building, the testifying officer said.
During the wait for police, Phillips reportedly told the staff members that if he had a gun, he could have killed all of them, a leader with the news station told the court.
After police left, WRBL discovered that one of its window was broken during the incident, according to one of the three employees who testified.
Officials believe the man entered through a door closes to 14th Street.
No one who was there during the threat knew Phillips prior to the incident, police said.