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Update: Pipe bomb suspect identified

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the scene at the Smith County Peace Officer's Association Wednesday morning the scene at the Smith County Peace Officer's Association Wednesday morning
Larry North Larry North

UPDATE: Wheelchair-bound Larry North, a Rusk County resident, has been arrested in connection with this case. A mile-wide perimeter was been set up at 2363 County Road 401, just south of Henderson, at the North residence. ATF and the Texas Rangers executed a search warrant there, and a United States Postal inspector arrived on the scene with a Mobile Command Center.

North is being taken to the Smith County Jail, where he will be held in a jail cell until his arraingment tomorrow morning in front of a federal magistrate.

The press conference regarding this arrest that was previously scheduled for 3:30 pm Wednesday has been rescheduled and will now be held Thursday morning at 10:30 am.


courtesy of the Tyler Morning Telegraph
by Kenneth Dean

An arrest has been made in the case of pipe bombs and Molotov-cocktail-type incendiary devices that have been found around East Texas for the past two months, a federal official close to the case told CBS 19's news partner, the Tyler Paper, Wednesday morning.

The arrest comes in the wake of another device being found at the Tanglewood Shopping Center in Tyler at Loop 323 and Fifth Street shortly after 11 a.m. today. A federal agent close to the investigation said the suspect is in custody at the Smith County Peace Officers' Association Building, just outside Loop 323 in Tyler. It is unclear why the person is being held at the Peace Officers' Building and not in a jail, but the story continues to develop.

At 11:40 a.m. CDT, Pointe North Drive in Tyler was blocked off, and a bomb squad headed down the road. Officials told the Tyler Paper a van parked at that location may have as many as five bombs inside.

More than 30 devices have been found in the last two months in mailboxes, in front of businesses and along rural roads in East Texas. Federal agencies working on the case include FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Postal Service inspectors. Texas Rangers and local law enforcement agencies have also assisted.

The device found this morning will be detonated at the Smith County firing range, just outside Loop 323.

Federal and local authorities are at the Tanglewood Shopping Center at Loop 323 and Fifth Street in Tyler, where another suspicious device was found this morning.

The device was found in a U.S. Postal Service blue mailbox in the shopping center parking lot, adjacent to Loop 323. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is already on the scene, and has a robot activated to remove the device.

The shopping center parking lot, as well as the parking lot of an adjacent Burger King restaurant, have been closed off. Cars parked in the shopping center parking lot are being moved.

CBS19.tv will post more details as they become available.

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