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. Clifford

    Big deal the guy had a chainsaw and a crossbow and various other items in his car" Mabey he's homeless and mabey they are his personal items which ARE legal,, Cant you find better stories to cover than infringing on someones rights ???

    June 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agathon

      I do not take any pleasure in insulting or otherwise offending anyone. However, I can't help but comment. The biggest issue in this country has little to do with some dude in a car with gas cans and "weapons." THE downfall of this country is its population's sheer and utter ignorance. A person's ability to form a sentence relects (fairly or unfairly) on his or her level of intelligence and ability to see outside his or her own little head. For example, I about ralphed at this one: "Big deal the guy had a chainsaw and a crossbow and various other items in his car" Mabey he's homeless and mabey they are his personal items which ARE legal,, Cant you find better stories to cover than infringing on someones rights ???" 1) multiple fused attempts at sentences; 2) "Can't" is a contraction 3) "someone's" is possessive 4) "maybe" is the correct spelling, and not maybe or sometimes–for sure it is all the time.

      I am no intellectual myself, but God help us if we maintain this kind of utter stupidity. I am sure the replies to this post will only reinforce my point. God bless.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Cleese

    He was obviously planning on infiltrating the G-20 summit by building a large wooden rabbit with his friends Sir Bedevere, Sir Lancelot and King Arthur.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fetechef

    I live in Toronto. The cops and the news media LIVE for incidents like this. The poor guy was just returning from a camping trip. What a paranoid and sensationalizing society we've become.....

    June 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Way to go CNN with the bad reporting as usual.. CBC had this covered earlier today.... the guy had a gas can and two wooden axe handles (not axes, just the wood handles) in his trunk..... Why did they arrest him? did they think he might have been able to beat some sense into some of our leaders?

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

      He also had a chainsaw and a buncha gas cans. Totally normal, right?..

      June 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fetechef

    He just wanted to camp out at the fake lake.

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

    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, he might hurt himself.
    Can't buy this stuff downtown, not like he just left for shopping. He did not know what he was doing in the downtown core with these items............. Enough reason to take a better look, and look what they found........ Believe it or not, but the average person living in and around Toronto do not carry these items around on a daily basis......... wow news EH?

    June 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • fetechef

      the average person in Toronto doesn't carry these things around in his car......

      unless he's trying to leave to go, or return from, a camping trip.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Agreed, then when the Cops asked him what he was doing, he would have said that and been on his way....... that is the issue people are not seeing. I am glad you do! =)

      June 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bob from BC

    "had gas cans, a crossbow, saws, hatchets, a winch, other weapons and cans filled with unknown substances"

    hmmmm..........did they find his propane stove/tank , his fishing rod , and his cooler as well?

    June 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan from near BC

      Yes – you can see it with everything else arrayed on the sidewalk. Just because there are rational explanations for his possessions, why not confabulate? It's much more fun. It boosts ratings and facilitates promotions.

      We are doomed.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. d.cleveland

    see what happens being Canadian and strict gun laws you have to carry an assortment of hand to hand weapons....are you sure he wasn't going camping?

    June 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. heyman

    He could have put someone's eye out!

    June 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andy

    That was Red Green on his way home.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al R

    I've got a chainsaw, pick, shovels, axe, saws, a winch and a gas can in my trunk right now. I'm also in downtown Toronto. After work tonight, I'm going over to my niece's place to take out a dead tree.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Yes but if a cop stopped you and said "what are you doing with that chainsaw in your car?" you would say, going to cut down a tree after work and you would be on your way. This guy is either looking for attention or is really scared to speak and tell anyone what he was doing? Is he a mute?
      But in this situation, it was the crossbow that caught the officers eye

      June 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fronco123

    IS it ok to carry a cigarette lighter,

    June 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Non-Sequitur

    He obviously was an American who thought that is what Canadians would have in their cars in downtown Toronto. The last time I was in LA, someone asked me if we had electricity in Canada. He was serious.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jessica

    JOE THE PLUMBER AND HIS TEA BAGGER EXPRESS!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tim

    Serves him right. It is not like if you live in the Provence of Ontario that you did not know this summit was going on. Oh gee let me brings all these things down why the G20 summit is going on. I am sure no one will be concerned if I am blocks away from the twenty most powerful nations leaders. He did not do anything technically illegal, but having half a brain would have prevented such a situation.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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