A 26-year-old man was arrested with multiple explosive devices in Akron, Ohio just hours before a gathering was scheduled to take place in Akron to honor the victims of the Charlottesville, Virginia attack. The man is facing charges for possession of a pipe bomb and another explosive device which amount to possession of a dangerous ordinance and manufacture of a dangerous ordinance as well as carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested just four miles from Downtown Akron where the vigil was scheduled to take place.
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Authorities estimated that 500 had gathered to pray and honor the victims prompting the Summit County Bomb Squad to thoroughly sweep the area. A combine effort from Akron police, the FBI and ATF agents are investigating whether the bomber and the vigil were linked. The ceremony continued as planned after the Summit County Bomb Squad cleared the area. The suspect was inside his car around 4 p.m. on Druid walk when an Ohio State Highway Patrol K9 alerted on the vehicle he was in. According to the arrest report, his vehicle was searched revealing meth and an unknown white substance. In addition to the drugs, a pipe bomb and another explosive device were located inside of a bag on the backseat. The documents also revealed that black powder and a knife was also concealed on the suspect at the time of his arrest.
The man is being held on $100,000 bond in Summit County Jail. Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples who was at the vigil witnessed the scene unfold and said, "I want them to get to the bottom of it immediately. Whether it was an immediate and direct threat to that vigil, there was some intent for something. Why would your ride around with a pipe bomb?" Police would not comment on the case stating, "It's our policy not to confirm or deny any possible ongoing investigation."
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