State and federal law enforcement agencies converged in Altus Monday afternoon after an active duty man stationed at Altus Air Force Base made statements to individuals that he had explosive devices in his home.
According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, police working with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed search warrants at two different locations.
The first location was 2308 N. Park Ln. lot 130 (Camelot Trailer Park). Authorities discovered materials for making explosive devices at this location. The second location was a storage unit at 1701 Falcon Road. Materials for making explosives devises were also found at that location.
Witnesses told authorities the suspect had made comments that he had explosive devices and “could use those devices at Wal-Mart to “tie up’ law enforcement and other city resources.” He was also said to have stated that he could use other explosive devices elsewhere.
“Although no actual bombs were found during the execution of the search warrants,” Murphy said, “the materials were definitely there for making explosive devises. We are extremely grateful to the individuals who came forward and reported this to authorities. They obviously took the threats or comments by the suspect seriously.”
Murphy said that he would like to thank the investigators and other law enforcement agencies who worked together into the early morning hours today to eliminate this threat.
The suspect, identified as Timothy F. Carey, 26, is being held at the Jackson County Jail awaiting formal charges in Jackson County District Court.