UPDATE: More details are emerging about the bombing suspect. He's 36 years old, a former Army soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, and a member of the National Alliance neo-Nazi group, the same group thought to have inspired Timothy McVeigh prior to the Oklahoma City bombings. So far, he seems to be the textbook suspect hinted at all along. The New York Times has more.
Seven weeks after a backpack bomb full of shrapnel and rat poison was found on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane, federal authorities have finally made their first arrest. Few details are available now, but the suspect is said to be associated with white supremacists.
KHQ reports the arrest took place today in Colville, about 80 miles northwest of Spokane.
Viewers in Stevens County told KHQ at least nine FBI vehicles sped toward a house near Highway 395 south of Colville. At least two counter-assault vehicles were also at the house, according to the viewer.
The suspect is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge today, when a name will likely be released.
It's unclear what white supremacy group the person is tied to. Recently "Lt." John Brown, the Idaho state leader of Aryan Nations, toldSeattle Weekly that "My organization had nothing to do with any such bomb planting. It was probably a racist who did it."
Early signs point to him being right on the both statements.