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. Rebel

    Doesn't the collections of items and the vicinity where he was stopped mean anything to you people. Using your logic, if McVeigh had been pulled over, he should have been released because fertilizer and ammonium nitrate are not illegal either. It's seems like you want to see the disaster happen so you can then criticize law enforcement for not doing enough. If this guy can justify why he was carry those items in the vicinity of the G-20 Summit, them he should be released, but detaining him was certainly worth the safety of the many!

    June 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MGW

      Well said. Its funny how we (the public) charge the police with our safety and security, yet when they actually try to do the job we have chanrged them with, they get slammed.

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

      They are too busy "fighting the man"
      This was worth a check if nothing else. It seems there are a lot of mad people here that won't be able to riot because of the security. Looks like it is working, thank you very much

      June 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. canadianMike

    This guy may have had leagal material in his car. Fertilizer is leagl so is deasel so are matches. but i certainley would not be carring those in my car when all the leaders of the world are in town.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    He might be innocent or he might have a long criminal record. Time will tell. But we have to admit: roaming with that stuff (legal or not) around a G-20 meeting is asking for trouble (warranted or not). Can you imagine taking a chance, letting it be and have a few people die? If it was me with that stuff, I'd understnd the police. But I'll always wonder: why don't they have these meetings on an aircraft carrier instead and hire more doctors with the security saving of $1B!?

    June 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      because politicians are idiots

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

    Hmm....sounds like a Tea Party rally. Funny, I don't seem to hear the right-wing 2nd amendment nutjobs up in arms (pun intended) about this arrest....apparently it's ok to have uprisings against elected government officials, but not the greedy slimeballs who really control the world's economy.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Yeah they are everywhere, think they breed too much =)
      Good comment, I agree!

      June 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. E

    When is it a crime to carry weapons in a car? Just because Obammy is there?

    June 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    The media is lying to you people. This is NOT the truth of the story. Go to slashdot dot org for a real account of events

    June 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      All media is working together and your source is right....... who is the TOOL NOW!

      June 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • canadianmike

      Ben the story on slashdot is about yesterdays arrest. not this one.

      June 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. n2gypsy

    mmm... lets see, gas cans, chain saw, cross bow, make shift punt boat on roof of car and not understanding anglo police officers questions... terrorist?.. or french -canadian on his way up north?

    June 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sean

    welcome to new world order 666 meeting for one world nation in the future!

    June 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    That sound like a farmer coming to town to do some shopping where I'm from. I guess in Canada you armed if you have a pocket knife.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Farmers do not do shopping for supplies in Downtown Toronto.
      But yes if the picket knife can be opened with one hand (swichblade or loosened screw) it is not allowed to be carried on you on public streets

      June 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yukon Thinker

    Not the best Headline. The only weapon is the crossbow. The rest is just more or less camping gear. It's pretty common stuff to have in Canada. Time will tell.
    Us folks up here are disgusted with the $1.2 billion dollars being spent on security when the Summits could have been done in a more secure place at less cost. Lots of graft from our government on this one. They also have to find a few local nuts and make a big deal of it to justify the billion plus dollars.
    Otherwise everything is calm in Canada as per usual.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serge

      Agreed, it is dumb, should have been somewhere else.
      Odd our goverment told us WE are paying the 1 Billion in security. I wonder if the 1.2 Billion you are talking about is for your Pres and his staff =)

      June 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bri

    the dude was just going to get out of town to the cottage. this is canada. along with those items there was also a fishing rod, canoe paddle, etc.. no guns or anything. he didn't have a trailer and had fashioned a large homemade Thule for the top of his car to bring it there. he wasn't trying to hide anything. very unfortunate.

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

      I agree. Why would he just not tell the cops what he was doing when they asked........
      Problem soved, be on your way......
      I wonder if he has a memory problem or something.
      If so, I hope our cops issue a statement to say sorry

      June 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Chainsaw and gas? What an unlikely comnination. Saws, hatch and winch...hmmmm. Where's the connection?
    Ask any Canadian who owns a cottage to describe the contents of their truck and you'll find roughly the same items.
    Appreciate the great work on behalf of the police force, but this is not a news worthy event.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LDopa

    By themselves, these tools and materials are relatively harmless. But when you put them all together just so, you get an unlimited source of clean energy that would surely put the oil barons out of business….and nobody wants that!

    June 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Sounds like a camping/hunting trip, if you ask me.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DD

      ya – I take 5 gas can camping with me also IDIOT

      June 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darren

    living in Canada or not it isn't rocket science not to carry these types of things near the site where an international summit is being held. i don't care what city your in i feel better knowing that the police take these precautions.if this type of thing were to go unnoticed and some freak would have tried something then we would have been the laughing stock for some time to come.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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