Man arrested for ‘weapons of mass destruction’ after explosive device found in Huntersville apartment

Updated: Nov. 29, 2020 at 8:29 PM EST
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man was arrested after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Bomb Squad removed a suspicious item from an apartment complex in Huntersville Saturday evening.

Huntersville police say 38-year-old Justin Lloyd Coleman was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of weapons of mass destruction and two counts of firearm by a felon.

Police said Coleman was arrested in Winston-Salem with additional weapons.

38-year-old Justin Lloyd Colman
38-year-old Justin Lloyd Colman(Huntersville Police Department | Huntersville Police Department)

Police responded to a domestic incident at the Fairways at Birkdale Apartments off Streamview Drive Saturday afternoon.

Officers said they assisted a person in retrieving items from the home because of a domestic disturbance on Friday. While at the apartment, officers say they found what appeared to be an explosive device. The area was immediately evacuated and CMPD’s Bomb Squad safely removed the item.

Officers did a controlled detonation on what appeared to be a makeshift bomb.

“When officers went inside, they noticed an unusual device, something similar to an explosive device,” said Huntersville Police spokesperson Odette Saglimbeni.

Coleman was arrested with the assistance of the US Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force (CRFTF) and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail.

“This is still a very active situation,” Saglimbeni said.

The ATF is assisting the Huntersville Police Department with this investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Huntersville Police Department at 704-464-5400 or Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

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