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. Cheech

    Unknown substance = Liquid THC.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fronco123

    they don't say if the gas containers were full of gas.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sh

    ummm, i think the point is that he was found with these items near the G20 site. i agree most of what he had in his car wouldn't be a big deal if found individually, but put altogether next to where he was = big problem. some of you really can't figure that out?

    June 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pawling Pundit

    Based on this criteria, they could arrest half the people in upstate NY and most everyone in the state of Maine. Meanwhile, the real terrorists are building bombs in CT and driving them into Times Square.
    Welcome to the new police state – the only thing separating us from Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany is 6 decades. George Orwell must be laughing his ass off.

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

      Wonder if they (the government) ever consider how many people they alienate with this kind of crap. If he were to off a police officer some time in the future, who could blame him?

      June 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. G20 is stupid

    What a joke, nothing illegal in his car, yet arrested. Thanks right wingers for wrecking all of north america...

    June 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |


      June 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pdikeman

    at any given time on any given day...the same items are driven down any given highway in this country.....this is not news....

    June 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gbflde

    Paranoid. Almost everyone has that sort of stuff in their car. On that basis you can arrest Dick-on-a-rope Quest for belonging to a lynching party. An you can't get "near" the summit, or any summit, the streets are all blocked off.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. canadianMike

    Don't forget the guy had some metal container strapped to the top of his car as well.. fear and anticipation of violence are powerfull tools. Remember when Air force one was flying over NY and the scare it caused. I mean it was AIR FORCE ONE for gods sake and people freaked out.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. openeyes85

    he was probably a cia agent, they will use this as an excuse to shoot protesters and tighten security

    June 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    Such a lie, he didn't have weapons. He had tools. This was a hacker who has been publishing his intent to expose the insecurity of their network communications for weeks. This is a LIE of a story. Don't believe the cops, this is a good man who was doing academic work.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      Cops are liars.

      June 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kerri-Toronto

    Well a crossbow is completely legal to have in Ontario. To shoot 119lbs and up bears and moose and 99lbs bears. Being that citizens can't get around downtown Toronto very easily right now. I somehow doubt that there will be bears and moose walking the streets during the g20. I bet no one thought too much when an idiot bought hundreds of pounds of fertiziler and put it in a hual one day back in April 1995 in Oklahoma City. You can't be too carefull when hosting the world on sensitive and volitale issues during what is still a time of global financial uncertainty.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Thank you! The guy was prob not doing anything, but having these items, with no reason to give the cops that asked = Need to look further in to it. This is not Guilty or innocent, it is keeping US safe.
      Don't know why so many people are thumbing their nose at our cops.... they are doing the best job they can.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      This was in Canada, Serge, you egocentric tool...

      June 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Ben, What was in Canada, the Crossbows for shooting bears or the '95 bombing?
      I think you are the tool. I have no clue what your point is, let me know and I would be glad to answer.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ben

    He didn't have a crossbow though, I know friends involved in what this guy was doing and he was unarmed. This is a total frame job.

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

      Any proof? of this being a lie

      June 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Keep following slashdot dot org and they'll update with the real facts of this story.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yoo Too

    G20 comes to town and the host city is turned into a locked-down police state, so it's no surprise they probably arrested some normal guy and say he's somehow a dangerous individual. Waste of a story.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MGW

    I find it amazing how many people are supporting this guy and are against the police's actions. I wonder how many of you would also start critizing the police if someone got through and caused harm to people and or property. I say better safe that sorry. If this guy has no ill intent they will send him on his way.

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

      *Clap* *Clap* A person that can think.
      =) Spread the good word!

      June 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      You have no idea what this guy was doing. He was doing perfectly legal academic analysis of their broadcast communications.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sh

      save it. what you're saying is falling on deaf ears. most people here actually can't see this. i'm reading these comments in shock. i thought people were more educated than what these comments show.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pawling Pundit

      "Those who trade freedom for safety will end up with neither"

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

      Ben – He could not offer any information on what he was doing. Enough reason to search.
      Seems you are reading too many crazy websites that makes up stuff to prove a point. I got all my information from Canada, and guess what, there are many places to get it.
      I am in shock as well, just not sure it is the same shock......

      June 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Pawling – it is a conference with a history.............. Why would we not want our city safe. Sure I don't want the damn thing here, but it is. So OUR police are doing what they can to keep us safe. They may make mistakes, but it is because of the stupidity that comes with these conferences.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      I will not support the police. In my opinion, they are no different from terrorists, the way they take the law into their own hands and murder people.

      June 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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