Cops hunt for potentially explosive truck

June 25, 2008 6:56:27 PM PDT
Police are searching for a man's truck they believe could contain explosives.Patrick Mitchell, 31, is under arrest in Rockland County, charged with placing a false bomb and possession of fireworks.

He was taken into custody after potentially explosive devices were found at his Pearl River home.

But now, the NYPD believe he was near Washington Square Park, the Port Authority, Times Square and Central Park. The truck is a 2006 black Toyota Tacoma with the New York license plate DUK-3306.

Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call police.

The Rockland neighborhood was left on edge after Mitchell allegedly left two potentially explosive devices in his driveway and garage. The entire neighborhood was evacuated.

The devices looked like pipe bombs and were stuffed with nails or BBs.

All Cindy Speechly remembers thinking, looking out over her neighbor's house, is that she hoped nothing blew up before she, her mother and her brother could get to safety.

"The cop knocked on the door and said, 'You all have to leave right now,'" she said. "The bomb squad was here, taping off the roads."

Police first found what looked like a pipe bomb inside the garage of the Pearl River home. They found a second one in a nearby car.

"Both devices had fuses," Orange police lieutenant Jim Brown said. "One device had BBs glued to it, the other device had nails apparently glued to it."

Police say Mitchell had put together the devices, which were found to contain smoke powder. His uncle, with whom he lived, become alarmed.

"He had found what he believed to be bomb-making materials and devices in the house," Brown said.

A family member cleaning up at the house says Mitchell was "crying out for help," and the relative was just thankful no one was injured.


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer