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Pennsylvania Survivalist Finally Captured After 7-Week Manhunt

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Eric Frein, 31

A Pennsylvania survivalist managed to elude capture during a massive manhunt since he was accused on Sept. 12 of killing a state trooper in an ambush.

That was until Thursday,

when he was captured in the Pocono Mountains, Reuters reports.

The ambush killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31.

Frein was captured about 45 miles south of the ambush.

“Eric Frein had a mission and that was to attack law enforcement,” Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, told a news conference. “If he got out of those woods, we were very concerned he would then kill more law enforcement, if not civilians.”

Authorities hope to learn how Frein managed to stay undetected for seven weeks.

He was finally tracked down after U.S. Marshals service officers found him at an abandoned aircraft hangar at a vacant resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

He was arrested without incident.

Doomsday Man Surrenders After Spending 2 Days in Woods in Florida, Gets Cheeseburgers, Fries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After spending two days hiding from authorities in the woods, a Florida man accused of building explosive devices to prepare for the end of the world surrendered Wednesday without incident, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Winters waited outside the FBI field office in Tampa while his attorneys arranged for his surrender.

In exchange, the 55-year-old received cheeseburgers, fries and dry shoes from the FBI.

“We’re glad to report that Mr. Winters did the right thing,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “We were hoping for a peaceful resolution, and today we got that.”

The FBI was worried Winters would resort to violence to keep authorities from descending on him.

Florida Man Accused of Plotting Deadly Confrontation with Federal Agents Is at Large

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal manhunt is underway for a Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of a end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Howard Winters, 55, was indicted on June on charges stemming from an investigation of a group that he headed called the River Otter Preppers.

The devices were booby traps made of metal tubes designed to fire 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Winters and the River Otter Preppers “are preparing for an end-of-times event as prophesied by the Book of Revelations in the Bible which he believes will occur in the near future,” the affidavit states, “which will require individuals to rely on themselves for food and protection from other individuals and the federal government.”

As of Tuesday morning, Winters was still at large.

“We’re hoping for a peaceful resolution to this,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “Nobody’s looking to do him any harm.”

San Francisco Political, Media Consultant Had Bomb-Making Supplies to ‘Maim Or Kill’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The San Francisco political consultant who was the subject of a nationwide manhunt had bomb-making materials that were “designed to main or kill,” the FBI said.

It’s unclear whether the FBI has any information indicating that Ryan Chamberlain planned to use the equipment found in his apartment on Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

FBI agents found the supplies in a messenger bag on the dining room floor of his apartment.

“FBI bomb technicians believe that the circuit board … was designed to serve as a remote control, allowing detonation of the device from afar,” the affidavit stated.

The FBI said Charmberlain lived alone.

San Francisco Political Consultant Had Enough Materials in Apartment for Improvised Bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A political consultant who was the subject of a nationwide search had the necessary material for an improvised bomb in his San Francisco apartment.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI found explosive powder, wires for a detonator, ball bearings and a motor in Ryan Chamberlain’s apartment.

What’s unclear is what the social media guru planned on doing with the bomb, investigators said.

Chamberlain, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of possessing an illegal explosive device.

Authorities haven’t said what prompted the nationwide search, which led to Chamberlain’s arrest Monday night.

He was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Accused Serial Bank Robber Thanks FBI In Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An accused serial bank robber who led authorities on a two-hour manhunt took time out of his court appearance Wednesday to thank the FBI, the News-Democrat reports.

“The FBI has been very nice to me,” Carl Frederick Kieffer told U.S. Magistrate Stephen Williams during an initial appearance on federal bank robbery charges.

Kieffer, 49, of Spokane, confessed to six bank robberies in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wyoming.

When authorities found him hiding in an Illinois cornfield, Kieffer was on the run after recently holding up a bank, the News-Democrat reported.

Thief Surrenders Following High-Profile FBI-Involved Shooting in Chicago

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

William Tapes, who fled authorities for three days after an FBI agent apparently opened fire on him in Chicago, has surrendered, CBS 2 Chicago reports.

“I was scared, you know, for my life. That’s why I hid,” Tapes told CBS 2 on Thursday. “I just got tired.”

According to Tapes, he was stealing hubcaps in a parking lot when two people approached him. He said he panicked and took off in a car before one of the agents apparently opened fire on this car, striking Tapes in the wrist and seriously injuring a passenger, CBS 2 reported. His car crashed into another vehicle, injuring two people.

Charges could be filed against Tapes today, CBS 2 reported.

“I just panicked and blacked out,” Tapes said.