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Justin Miles Jasper, Nev. man, arrested in Seattle with stolen truck carrying weapons and explosives, police say

This is a picture of the stolen truck found the suspect was driving in Seattle. CBS affiliate KIRO

A picture of the stolen truck Justin Miles Jasper was driving in Seattle.
CBS affiliate KIRO
(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - Police in Seattle are investigating a Nevada man arrested Wednesday near the University of Washington in a stolen pickup truck filled with weapons, body armor and suspected explosive devices.

University of Washington police chief John Vinson said at a Thursday afternoon news conference that Justin Miles Jasper, 21, was driving a stolen truck out of Montana and had with him a scoped rifle, shotgun and fewer than 10 Molotov cocktails.

Vinson said, "This is a very active investigation. We're trying to rule out everything at this point."

University police first saw Jasper sleeping in a pickup truck near campus late Tuesday, Vinson said. When they checked the license plate on the truck they didn't detect anything amiss.

But on Wednesday, they received a report that the truck had been reported stolen out of Montana. Officers were told to watch for the truck and spotted it on Wednesday night, again near campus.

Jasper was booked into the King County Jail, after campus police recognized the truck stolen from Montana.

According to CBS affiliate KIRO, police said it is not clear why the suspect was in Seattle or what he intended to do with the weapons.

The university police contacted Seattle police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after searching the vehicle and finding the suspected bombs.

Vinson said the man was not cooperating with police, but said there did not appear to be any threat to the university campus.

  • Crimesider Staff

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