Los Angeles police apprehend man with weapons who said he planned to attack LA Pride

By John Mack Freeman

Police apprehended a suspect in Los Angeles who had a car with weapons, ammunition, and explosives who said he was on his way to attack the Los Angeles Pride festivities. Via LA Times:

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said on Twitter that the 20-year-old man told one of her officers after he was arrested that he wanted “to harm Gay Pride event.” But she did not provide any details, and officials said they are still trying to sort out his motives.

Police identified him as James Wesley Howell of Indiana. A Facebook page for someone with the same name in Indiana shows a young man posing next to a white Acura with the same license plate as the car searched in Santa Monica for the weapons and explosives.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, police stressed they were still trying to figure out what Howell planned to do with the weapons.

News of this came just hours after the massacre of 50 people at the Orlando Pulse nightclub.


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