Arrest after suspicious packages sent to the military sites
The FBI is of the opinion Thanh Cong Phan was working alone, and more than a dozen packages to five locations in the Washington, D. C.; Lucas, Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.
Authorities said Thursday that a suspicious package sent to the Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia is linked to a Seattle-area man accused of sending 11 other suspicious parcels to the government and the military installations in the area of Washington D. C..
Base officials told Fox 5 DC that the package is arrived on the basis of post Thursday. The researchers said they expected the package to come.
The Marine Corps Base Quantico Explosive ordnance disposal responded to the post office at about 12:30 and gave the signal to about 1 hour, according to the officials. The package was made safe and handed over to the FBI. There were no injuries or property damage reported.
The package arrived at the Marine Corps Base Quantico post office Thursday.
(Fox 5 DC)
Thanh Cong Phan, 43, of Everett, Wash., was charged in federal court Tuesday with one count of shipment of the explosive materials. According to a complaint, Phan sent the packages for U.S. Secret Service White House Mail Screen Facility, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, in Dahlgren, Virginia, and the mailing facility for the FBI headquarters in Baltimore, among other facilities from the government.
Each package of what appeared to be a homemade explosive in a small glass bottle with an unknown black power with a fuse, the complaint says. It also contained a typed letter with “ramblings about neuropsychology, mind control, and other topics, including terrorism.”
The facilities were evacuated and closed when the packages were discovered, making a significant disruption of government operations, the complaint said.
Any of the packages exploded or injuries caused.
The federal authorities told Fox 5 DC that she suspects that there are more packages could be mailed to the processing facilities in the DC area. They set to work to find and isolate all the packages.
A detention hearing for Phan is set for Friday.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.