HURST (CBSDFW.COM) – The mystery of an suspicious SUV in Hurst has been solved. Just after 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning police blocked off a strip mall along Highway 26, east of Precinct Line Road.
Authorities found what they described as “civilian-style weapons” and “military documents” inside the vehicle, which was parked behind a dry cleaning business.
By 10:30 a.m. the Fort Worth Fire Department bomb squad was standing down.
The owner of the vehicle turned out to also be the owner of the dry cleaning business. Shortly after 10 a.m. the man came walking outside. According to police, he had been sleeping inside the business and was unaware police were outside.
“We’re in the process of clearing the building, we’re gonna throw a Fort Worth bomb dog through there to go through the building, just to make sure,” Hurst Assistant Police Chief Richard Winstanley explained. “We’ve already accessed the vehicle, so we’re going through that right now. Pretty much, we’re pretty assured that we’re in a safe zone right now.”
While the emergency situation has ended the investigation isn’t over yet. The paper found inside the vehicle appear to be forged federal documents.
“We’re gonna look at those and that’s why we have the federal government… they’re more of a federal document type format,” Winstanley said. “So that’s why we’re gonna let them look at those first, because they’re the experts in that area.”
After discovering the weapons and papers Hurst police contacted the Department of Defense.
The investigation goes on as FBI, ATF and NCIS investigators want to talk to the man about the documents, possession of which could be a crime.
While authorities confirm the man’s name did show up in a federal database, they aren’t ready to reveal his identity.
“I’m gonna hang onto that [name] until I clear it with the FBI and NCIS,” Winstanley said.
Operators of a nearby nail salon describe the man as volatile and said they have heard him screaming on the phone in a foreign language.
Police were first notified about the situation by a 911 call that reported an injured person at the strip mall, however, nobody was there when authorities arrived.
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