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Man in custody after barricading himself in ‘homemade’ armored truck in the vicinity of the Hoover Dam, allegedly with notes for ‘Mr. President’

A man, possibly armed, barricaded themselves in an armored vehicle somewhere in the neighborhood of the Hoover Dam and U.S. Highway 93 to the south, reports say.

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A man was taken into custody Friday after he barricaded themselves in a “homemade” armored vehicle near the Hoover Dam on U.S. Highway 93, researchers said.

Officials received calls around 11:54 p.m. local time about a white man who was arrested on the highway in the vicinity of the Mike O’callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which heads in Arizona, Jason Buratczuk of the Nevada Highway Patrol said at a press conference.

Officials said the unknown man was caught in what seemed to be a “homemade” armored vehicle and he appeared to be a type of “long gun rifle” and signage. The authorities stopped traffic in both directions, since this was in the vicinity of a tourist hotspot.

TRAFFIC ALERT: a large number of police units of the Nev. And Arizona have responded to the reports of a person with a gun at the #HooverDam.
The traffic is backed up on
because of the possible suspect vehicle blocking lanes. There are reports that the person in the vehicle has a gun. #8NN pic.twitter.com/vUMCCap1sN

— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) June 15, 2018

Photos surfaced of the notes taped on the window of the vehicle to say: “Mr. President, release of the report” the CLASS reported. It was unclear what the effects may have intended.

#UPDATE: In a photo sent to 8 News NOW by Keith Aronson, the defendant has notes with tape on the window of the vehicle he is barricaded. A note says “Mr. President let the reports”, says a passer-by. #HooverDam #8NN pic.twitter.com/hjE0LO8iCw

— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) June 15, 2018

Some germans were able to make contact with the man in the truck, but Buratczuk could not confirm what was said during the exchange. He also could not confirm definitively that the man had a gun.

After the area was secured, the man began to drive south in Arizona Arizona DPS used spike strips, but the truck continued on. The driver, according to Buratczuk, turned around after seeing a semi-truck was blocking the road. He turned to the desert terrain where he was then taken into custody “without incident.”

Buratczuck recognized that the defendant’s writing-signs, but he could not confirm what was on them. “I don’t know what those characters were saying, I don’t know what kind of message was on the signs, regardless of whether this person was angry at the government or angry on anything.” He said that it was a possibility that the man had “mental problems.”

NHP was first on the scene. Other agencies, including Arizona DPS, Boulder City Police and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were also on the site.

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