The FBI has arrested a former sailor in connection with sending letters containing a suspicious substance to the Pentagon and White House, the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed on Wednesday.
The suspect has been identified as William Clyde Allen III, of Logan, Utah, said attorney’s office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch. Charges against Allen are expected to be filed on Friday.
Allen is a former damage control fireman apprentice, who served in the Navy from October 1998 until October 2002, leaving the service as an E-2, according to his official record. He was assigned to the combat support ships USS Detroit and USS Supply and his awards include two Navy "E" Ribbons, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
The Pentagon received two envelopes addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson on Monday. The envelopes initially tested positive for castor seeds, which is used to make a poison known as ricin, according to the Defense Department. Neither men were exposed to the substance.
Officials in the Defense and Justice Departments have declined to say whether the substance in the letters was toxic. It was also unclear on Wednesday whether there was enough of the substance in the letters to make people sick.
In addition to the letters sent to the Pentagon, the Secret Service intercepted a letter to President Trump dated Oct. 1 that also contained a suspicious substance, according to CNN.
The letter never arrived at the White House and investigators are looking into whether all three letters are connected, the network reported. The Secret Service referred further questions on the investigation to the FBI, which declined to comment.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.