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November 8, 2013

Suspect is custody following alleged bomb threat at Chickasha Walmart

Police believe suspect is suffering from mental health issues

CHICKASHA — One suspect is in custody, according to Chickasha Police, after an alleged bomb threat at that city's Walmart.

The suspect could be suffering from mental health issues, according to Major Elip Moore of the Chickasha Police Department.

At this time police do not believe the suspect was a local man, Moore said.

The suspect was reportedly moving around violently as he was removed from his truck. There was duct tape strapped to his body but no device was found. However, the bomb squad is concerned because a bucket of liquid as well as suspicious wiring in the truck, said Moore.

The suspect has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson said he does not know if the suspect has any connection to Walmart.

"Police responded to a call of a suspect in a truck acting suspiciously," said Adamson. "When we approached him, he was incoherent and refused exit the vehicle."

The suspect was bound in duct tape, but had no wires on his person. Adamson said upon the suspects removal, police noticed suspicious wiring in the truck.

Adamson said the suspect claimed he had a bomb strapped to his body.

Adamson confirmed the store is currently shutdown and all associates, and some customers have been moved to the back of the building.

"Police and fire fighters who responded to the initial threat said they saw suspicious wiring in a white truck that caused them concern," he said. "No one is going in or out of the building at the moment."

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad is en route, said Adamson.

Walmart associate April Bevill said all associates have been moved to the general merchandise and grocery receiving areas of the store.

Bevill said she saw police break the window of the truck in question, and pull a convulsing man out of the vehicle. She said the man was in his underwear with his pants around ankles and masking tape around each of his legs.

Bevill said the man is not a janitor who was recently let go from this location for asking a gay Chickasha couple to leave the store.

Traffic is being detoured out of Walmart parking lot.

The information in this story was provided by The Express-Star in Chickasha

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