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UPDATE: New details on arrest of Tennessee bombing suspect

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UPDATE: The U.S. District Court Affidavit says that GPS data obtained from Mitchell Hunter Oakes' cell phone and surveillance video places Oakes near his wife's vehicle where the explosive device was found at a senior care center in Franklin, TN.

Special Agent Nerissa Dixon of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Oakes has "extensive knowledge and experience with the manufacture of and use of explosive devices," which comes from his ammunition reloading experience.

His wife told the ATF agent that Oakes called her phone and said "Die b***h" on September 6.

The affidavit continues with more details:

  • His wife noticed the explosive device in her car at the end of her shift, as well as the smell of black powder
  • She notified security and co-workers, and called 911
  • State and federal authorities confirmed that it was an explosive device and took measures to safely remove it from the vehicle
  • Oakes was found to be in possession of several firearms

In 2007, Oakes was convicted for solicitation to commit second-degree murder and sentenced to four years in prison.

His criminal record shows that Oakes was convicted in 2014 for being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.


PREVIOUS STORY: We are learning new details involving the arrest of the man connected to an attempted bombing at an assisted living center in Middle Tennessee.

Forty-one-year-old Mitchell Hunter Oakes, was arrested in Bledsoe County and is believed to be the prime suspect in an attempted bombing on Saturday.

An employee said she found a bomb planted in her vehicle just feet away from the senior care center that houses about 60 residents.

Authorities connected Oakes to the crime, but could not confirm the relationship he has with the victim.

"We have very strong reason to believe that he is responsible because there is a history between these two,” Lt. Charles Warner with the Franklin Police Department said.

FPD said the explosive device could have killed and harmed several people.

Oakes was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Less than 24 hours later, Oakes was found in a home in Bledsoe County.

As a precaution authorities called in the nearest bomb squad to assist in the arrest.

The Chattanooga Police Department Bomb Squad oversees ten counties including Bledsoe County where Oakes was found.

CPD played a key role in bringing the suspect into custody.

"Any follow-up will lead to the fact of having a bomb squad to assist with ATF and other agencies,” Michael Kinght with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.

Oakes was taken into custody without incident at a residence in Bledsoe County.

"The bomb squad with the Chattanooga Police Department assisted the ATF and other agencies when they were on scene of the arrest and the subsequent search of the suspect's residence and area,” CPD Spokesperson Victor Miller said.

Miller could not specify exact details of the arrest, but tells Channel 3 the department trains year round to defuse dangerous situations like this one.

"The Chattanooga Police Department bomb squad has access to a wide range of equipment and they used whatever was necessary to assist the ATF to ensure law enforcement and the public was safe,” Miller added.

Oakes is facing several charges including attempted first-degree murder. 

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