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EPPD Statement: Incident on Erin Bay
At 5:52 a.m. Monday, March 25, Eden Prairie Police responded to a 911 call from a residence in the 18000 block of Erin Bay to investigate the report of a suspicious person.
The reporting party, a 64-year-old male from Eden Prairie, called police after an adult male who was known to him showed up at his door, then left and began driving around the area in a U-Haul pickup truck.
Police located the suspect inside the vehicle near Seneca Pointe. He was found to be in possession of stolen firearms and materials that could be used to make explosive devices. Police took immediate action to ensure the safety of residents nearby, some of whom were notified to shelter in place, and traffic was diverted from the area.
The Bloomington Police Department Bomb Squad assisted with a search of the vehicle and at 8:25 a.m. it was determined the vehicle contained no active explosive devices.
John Ross Whitaker (DOB: 3/25/94) of St. Paul was arrested for possession of a firearm without a permit, and possession of stolen property.
Police believe this was a targeted incident and there is no threat to the public.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting Eden Prairie Police with the ongoing investigation. No further details are available at this time.