Man released in Topeka bomb case

Feb. 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
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TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A man detained after apparent explosive devices were found in his truck, parked illegally near a Kansas state office building, has been released, police said.

Patrick Saleh, a spokesman for the Capitol Police in Topeka, said investigators would discuss potential criminal charges with the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office to determine whether a criminal charge is appropriate, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. But police do not believe the man, a Topeka resident, is a danger to society or likely to flee, Saleh said.

The pickup truck came to the attention of police Wednesday when it was reported parked in the Kansas Judicial Center parking lot without the proper permit. Officers noticed what appeared to be homemade explosive devices.

The man was located in a state building and taken in for questioning, and Topeka police and federal agents searched his home.

The story attracted national attention partly because another man was arrested at a Topeka motel at around the same time and charged with making telephoned death threats to Gov. Sam Brownback.

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