A potentially deadly attack in California was averted when Los Angeles police arrested a man who planted Molotov cocktails at a subway station.
According to the Washington Examiner, the suspect, Frederick Brown, led authorities to discover the homemade devices after he alerted them over the phone to a potential bombing plot.
“Three different devices”
Authorities reportedly began their investigation after Brown called the FBI on July 29 and said he was being “stalked by multiple street gangs” and that he had access to “pipe bombs” that he intended to use to protect himself and his family.
A paper bag reeking of gasoline was discovered the next day by Metro security at the East Hollywood station, with three Molotov cocktails inside.
It was then found that the suspect had called 911 with a warning that he had seen someone plant bombs in the subway, and authorities determined that the caller was the same person who phoned the FBI.
Brown, who was wanted for a parole violation, was then tracked down and arrested. He admitted to placing the bombs and was charged with suspicion of being in possession of a destructive device.
“What was inside those bottles was clearly enough to emit some type of explosion in that area, especially with three different devices containing gasoline,” LAPD commander David Kowalski said, as the Examiner reported.
According to the local ABC 7, Brown had two replica handguns on him when he was arrested. His mental health is being looked at. The police said they do not have a motive, but they do not believe the incident is terrorism-related and that they do not have any evidence Brown was being targeted, as he claimed.
“The FBI and the LAPD did not identify any nexus to domestic terrorism, and Brown’s claims that he was being targeted by multiple street gangs could not be substantiated,” Kowalski said, according to KTLA.
According to NBC Los Angeles, metro authorities said they “congratulate LAPD for working closely with Metro personnel and contract security to foil this grave threat as well as to quickly investigate and apprehend a suspect.”
“It is proof that, working together, our safety and security partner team can successfully thwart a potentially dangerous incident on the transit system,” they added.
What in the world is going on in California?