Arrested Indiana Man with Weapons, Explosives Enroute to Gay Pride Event Identified

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Santa Monica Police Dept.

Update 6:48 PM PDT–Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tweeted that James Wesley Howell of Indiana was not intending to harm anyone at the L.A. Gay Pride event:

From the Los Angeles Times:

Authorities on Sunday were trying to determine the intentions of an Indiana man with a cache of weapons, ammunition and explosive-making materials in his car and apparent plans to attend the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood.

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.

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