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Grand Haven Coast Guard 'Truck Bombing' Not a Terrorist Attack

By    |   Monday, 09 Feb 2015 06:17 AM

After what could have been a real "truck bombing," the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station in Michigan returned to normal later Sunday and a man who crashed his truck through the front gate, assaulted personnel and threatened that he had a bomb in the vehicle was in custody.

The 34-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody at the scene about 6 a.m. and all Coast Guard personnel were reported safe, authorities told the Muskegon Chronicle. Grand Haven police said the suspect didn't appear to be from Grand Haven and that Michigan State Police and FBI have joined in the investigation.

Bob Coleman, who lives in a condominium across the street from the U.S. Coast Guard station, told WOOD-TV that other Coast Guard personnel appeared to be able to get control of the situation quickly after the initial attack.

"They had (the suspect) on the ground," said Coleman. "They had handcuffs on him, and then I saw one of the policemen with what I refer to as a SWAT gun. I was sitting there and I went, 'Uh-oh. Something isn't right here.'"

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke told WOOD-TV that a Coast Guardsman suffered minor injuries.

Authorities told WZZM-TV that the case was first investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. After the suspect was subdued and taken into custody, the Coast Guard station was evacuated because of the explosives threat.

A search of the truck, though, found no explosives in the vehicle. Grand Haven residents were ordered to stay away from the Coast Guard station while the investigation was completed, Hawke told WOOD-TV.

"Grand Haven is extremely safe," Hawke told the television station. "This is an isolated – certainly extraordinary – isolated incident. … We are unsure, unclear on whether he is acting alone."

Hawke told WOOD-TV that the suspect also was linked to a suspicious fire in Oceana County, Michigan that occurred about 4 a.m. Sunday. That fire happened at a hobby barn that had been under construction by a previous owner, Hawke told the television station.

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After what could have been a real "truck bombing," the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station in Michigan returned to normal later Sunday and a man who crashed his truck through the front gate, assaulted personnel and threatened that he had a bomb in the vehicle was in custody.
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