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July 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Police found multiple Molotov cocktails in stolen truck


UPDATE 8:30 p.m. |  A police source identified the suspect as Justin Miles Jasper, who was booked into the King County  on investigation of possessing incendiary devices.

UPDATE 8 p.m. |Seattle police have released a photo of the pickup truck in which the guns, body armor and Molotov cocktails were found on Wednesday night.

UW Chief John Vinson at podium, discusses the stop of a truck containing molotov-cocktail like incendiary devices, stolen guns and the ongoing investigation. Left is UW Deputy Chief Randy West, then Vinson, SPD Chief Jim Pugel, then SPD Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, right. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. |
Police found stolen guns, body armor and multiple Molotov cocktails after they arrested a 21-year-old Nevada resident in a stolen pickup Wednesday night, the University of Washington police chief said Thursday afternoon.
“We have no idea what his intentions are,” UW police chief John Vinson said during a Thursday afternoon news conference.

Vinson also said that UW police had first contacted the man on Tuesday when they found him sleeping in the pickup truck. They released him after checking for any warrants, Vinson said.
Then, on Wednesday, UW police received an alert that the pickup was stolen from Montana. Around 10:30 p.m., the campus police found the pickup again and stopped the truck and arrested the driver.
Vinson declined to release the suspect’s name but said he is in custody.

A subsequent search of the pickup uncovered a scoped rifle, a shotgun and multiple Molotov cocktails. There were less than 10 of the incendiary devices, Vinson said.

The University of Washington police arrested a man in a stolen pickup truck Wednesday night and discovered the man had stolen guns and possible explosives, Seattle police said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

At around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday,  officers from the UW police spotted a pickup truck on campus that was reported stolen in Montana. The UW police stopped the truck in the 3400 block of Sand Point Way NE. Police arrested the driver of the truck, a Nevada resident, and he was booked into King County Jail.

Police then searched the truck and discovered a stolen scoped rifle, stolen shotgun and suspected incendiary devices and body armor, according to Seattle police. The UW police also requested assistance from the Seattle police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which have joined the investigation.

“At this point, there does not appear to be any threat to the University of Washington Community. This is an on-going criminal investigation,” wrote Sgt. Sean Whitcom on the SPD Blotter. Seattle police are expected to hold a news conference at 5 p.m.



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