Suspect in custody after attempted Middle Tennessee bombing

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man wanted in connection to an attempted bombing at a Franklin healthcare facility was taken into custody Sunday.

Mitchell Oakes, person of interest according to Frankling police (Franklin Police Department)
Mitchell Oakes, person of interest according to Frankling police (Franklin Police Department)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Mitchell Hunter Oakes had been found and thanked the public for their assistance.

Oakes was taken into custody, without incident, at 9 a.m. by ATF Agents at a home in Bledsoe County, which is in east Tennessee.

Authorities were called to NHC Place Cool Springs at 211 Cool Springs Boulevard at 7:15 a.m. Saturday when responding officers found what was later determined to be an improvised explosive device, or IED.

Police said it was skillfully built and designed to do massive damage to the woman and facility.

“We are extremely grateful the bomb did not detonate when she opened that car door. If it had, the results would have been tragic–for her and possibly residents inside this facility,” said. Lt. Charles Warner.

The facility is home to about 220 patients, 60 of whom were relocated to other areas deemed safe by authorities while they investigated the situation.

Bomb specialists from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation worked to safeguard the bomb.

It was ultimately detonated in a controlled environment outside of the facility, rendering the situation safe and eliminating all risk.

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