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Man arrested in Albert Lea car-bomb threat

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A man claiming to be "ex-military" with an explosive device under his car has been taken into custody without incident at a truck stop near Albert Lea.

Following his arrest, the man has been taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea to be evaluated.  Police are only identifying him as a 26-year-old man.

The drama at the Trail's Travel Center off I-35 and County Highway 46 began in mid-afternoon, and got the attention of police about 4 p.m.  According to Dwaine Winkels, Public Safety Director for the City of Albert Lea, officers started talking to the man who claimed he had explosives.

"He started talking about explosives and that his car was apparently packed with bombs," said Winkels.

Lt. Darin Palmer says the truck stop and nearby businesses were evacuated as a precaution.  Some three hours later, the Bloomington Bomb Squad had arrived on the scene and inspected the black Ford Crown Victoria and declared that there was no bomb underneath the car.

"They have looked at the vehicle-there are no large, explosive devices in it," said Winkels.  According to Winkels, the man appeared to be living out of his car.  Winkels said the car was "cluttered."  Bags of clothes and personal belongings were found inside the vehicle.

"It goes right along with the mental health crisis we've got in this country and we're experiencing locally," said Winkels.  "What do you do with people that act out and have the potential to carry out dangerous acts?"

According to Winkels, there is no immediate threat to the area.

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