June 24th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Man arrested with weapons near G-20 summit site

A 53-year-old man in a car was arrested with five cans of gas and an array of weapons near the G-20 summit site in Toronto, security officials tell CNN's Jeanne Meserve.

Constable Samantha Nulle, with the Peel Regional Police, told CNN an officer pulled over a suspicious vehicle and found the man had gas cans, a crossbow, saws, hatchets, a winch, other weapons and cans filled with unknown substances.

Another official said that the man had pellet guns, chemical products and gas tanks in the car as well. The official said Hazmat teams are testing many of the chemicals right now.

At this point, Nulle said there were no specific signs the incident is linked to the G-20 summit.


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  1. Abd al-Latif

    He must've thought Bin Laden would be at the meeting.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Good work Toronto. These protestors for most part are disruptive, without purpose and cause more problems then problems they attempt to solve. And this is a free for all protest – protesting everything from Nepal, gay rights, pro choice, pro Hamas and pro islamlic rule in Israel...I'm in Toronto and have no idea what these protestors are all about other then being disruptive and loud

    June 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      This guy is not a protester, just a simple woodsman, trying to get back to the woods where judgemental people like you are not around!!!

      June 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • openeyes85

      @bob you'll be the first one to volunteer to hop on the train to the fema camp

      June 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Serge

    Gotta say, our Police are doing a great job, that is 2 bombing suspects in 48 hours. Plus finding 1.5 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was taken without ID in 24 hours. Keep up the good work, our men and woman protecting us during this are making us proud!

    June 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal Gubanali

      Are you kidding me? he probably has nothing to do with the summit. Coincidence.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Are you retarded? The "bombing" suspect was a farmer buying fertilizer. Just happened his ID wasn't taken down. Cops have done nothing but be overzealous and turning the whole thing into a police state.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DD

      Well done Toronto police
      You are, as usual, doing a great job – Thank You

      June 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ralph Gentry

    yup, those pellet guns are real tools of evil.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    You must remember....here in Canuck land we have ....including the guests security....approx. 20,000 personnel protecting this 1.3billion farce....yet...an SUV drove up to the secured area ....fired 3 shots....and ESCAPED....all while witnessed by the RCMP.....glad your pres is bringing his own guys....ours can't seem to see past the fence.....

    June 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Serge

    I agree some items like a pellet gun are normal, but seriusly, who loads up the car with gas/chamicals and drives right past the security fence. Guy may just be a moron, but the police can't take that chance.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robb

    This has to be a coincidence.
    If you head off to be some kind of domestic terrorist you don't TAKE YOUR DOG!

    June 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anonymous

    Homeless? Camping? Look at the list of things he had in his car, including a dog. Probably did not have a TV to know the G20 was even happening.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Suim

    CNN, are you kidding me? this is not new york city, people in toronto have crossbows, gas cans, and hatchets in their car all the time. You guys are just culturally ignorant.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Why is it on the Canadian news as well, do they not know that either....

      June 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Um..we do?

      June 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Sure is news to me.... I always pack my ocar full of this kinda stuff and drive right to the closest security fence to cause c*ap, that is the issue, he may be just a dummy, then, glad is off the streets for now.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • fetechef

      It's making headlines in Toronto because everyone here is walking on eggshells, waiting for something BIG to happen. We had a 5.0 magnitude earthquake here yesterday by the way. A few arrests have already been made by overzealous cops, and then sensationalized by overzealous reporters trying to hype this thing for all it's worth. This guy was probably returning from a camping trip.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      He did not know why he was down there with those items...... enough reason to search. I don't care about the media, but, this is a simple thing,
      Cop stops you, he see's a crossbow and asks where you are going? What are you doing in the downtown core....... uhhhhhhhh well you seee ummmm I am not sure......
      they search and find gas/chemicals/chainsaw and crossbow and they guy can't offer an answer, they did the right thing, regardless of if the media blows it out of proportion.....

      June 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Suim

    its a countryside sort of culture. I don't think this is in any way serious.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      @sulm...countryside? it's the 5th largest city in north america. have you even been to toronto?

      June 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Glad we have an expert. He was downtown not in the bush, you can't buy half that stuff downtown, so he drove there with it, here is a part from Canadian news

      Constable Hugh Smith said the man has since been arrested and an ongoing investigation is taking place. Smith also said the man seemed disoriented when asked about his purpose in the area.
      star dot com

      June 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suim

      no, canada, not toronto...toronto is a huge city, your right. But people come and go, its kind of different from new york city I think.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suim

      more sprawl....

      June 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suim

      serge...maybe he drove in and was driving back out? maybe visiting? geez....sure, maybe he was a crazy guy, but stop assuming.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Yes but you can't buy that stuff downtown and he drove there, and had no reason why he was there "seemed confused" enough reason to check him, and look what they found. If it was in your backyard you would care

      June 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Drove in and backed out, the downtown core is almost 20km.............. Pleaces that sell this stuff are not downtown, you have to drive in. Missing an exit is a mistake, packing your car with these items and driving to a security zone you have known about for months is stupidity if nothing else

      June 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • fetechef

      "it's a countryside sort of culture...."

      yes, it is. We all live in igloos, wear fur coats, drink beer and play hockey. And once a week we pay homage to our Dear Queen.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Oops my outlet in my snow hut melted in the 90F weather.......... whatever will I do........ Better load up my car with cas and chemicals and drive to the closest security fence 😉

      June 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      "Can't but half that stuff downtown" ... do you live in downtown Toronto. I'm 20 feet from the security zone, and within a half mile of here, there are 3 sporting goods stores (where you can buy pretty much everything but the sticks and gas) and there are a few gas stations too... I"m not sure what this guy WAS doing...but it is Canada... and they DID tell people to leave the city. Camping/hunting is a good thing to do here on the weekends!

      June 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Yes I know the stores you are talking about. Then why, when he was stopped and asked what he was doing did he seem "confused"
      The stores you are talking about (sporting goods stores) do not have the permits to sell regular gas, nor chamicals. Sure you can buy a crossbow downtown.
      Point is, he is either too dumb to be able to say he was going/coming from camping or he was trying to get attention. Just look at the huge box on his car.........

      June 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sh

      lol, you're funny. god, i hope you're just being funny. omg...you can't be serious???

      June 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Holy crap Serge,,,, why is it so hard to see a guy prob living outside town "Getting away from opinionated people like you" coming into town to supply up! He prob doesn't know what a G-summit is, and hes already confused just being in town. geees!!!

      June 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      You guys are the funny ones, coming in to downtown Toronto, to "gas up" You guys are nuts

      June 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      HA HA HA that would be like driving to downtown Chicago to"gas up"
      You have more of a chance finding these items outside the downtown core. If you did find them here, they would be priced higher then the out-skirts.
      It is simple "sir, what are you doing with these items in your car by the security fence", if he replies I am going to ........ (Insert whatever here) he goes on his way. He did not know, after an hour he still did not know, so they arrested him. Sounds fair to me, but guess you guys always drive downtown with these items in you care not knowing why you are have them..... get real

      June 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal Gubanali

      Hey Serge, how many penises have you had in your anus today?

      June 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Sal – for you to think of that shows how odd you are. All opinions you have are null and void.
      =) Have a good day

      June 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jeff


    June 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Serge

    Last update....... what would you do if you saw these things in the car and asked the man what he was doing in the area, and was confused?

    Constable Hugh Smith said the man has since been arrested and an ongoing investigation is taking place. Smith also said the man seemed disoriented when asked about his purpose in the area.
    star . com

    June 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Suim

    prob was an old guy with his dog living in his car during the city...he works there, probably even has a high paying job...but during the weekend goes to the suburbs...The guy prob didn't even know the G20 was going on.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suim

      during the week in the city*

      June 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Will

    Wouldn't want them to interfere with an Illuminati/NWO meeting

    June 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Suim

    prob has alzheimers for crhist sake, just because people in the us with guns or bombs want to kill people, doesnt mean we here in canada have the same mentality

    June 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Right On ,,, and I live in the US!

      June 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Yes, we all have bombs in the US! What in the world are you talking about?

      June 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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