Posted: Jan 3, 2013 1:50 PM by Ben Lloyd - email@example.com
Updated: Jan 3, 2013 6:27 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is now involved in the investigation of a suspected explosive device found this morning in a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Starlite and Leopard.
Early this morning, an officer pulled over 57-year-old Johnny James Wilkey Junior's Ford Explorer in a business parking lot along Leopard. As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed a suspicious device in a passenger seat.
The driver was taken into custody as the officer called the bomb squad. Just before 1 p.m. the device was safely removed by a remote controlled robot and taken away by the bomb squad.
CCPD Captain David Cook says the device did not contain gunpowder, only shotgun pellets, so at this time Wilkey is not facing a federal charge. Wilkey will face state charges for possession of a hoax explosive device.
However, we're told Wilkey thought the device did contain explosives. There's no word on what he may have intended doing with it.
Federal agents and officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department were searching his home on Blanco Road this afternoon.
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