Explosive device found near Nacogdoches neighborhood, suspect arrested

Mugshot courtesy Nacogdoches Co Jail
Mugshot courtesy Nacogdoches Co Jail

NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release) - The Nacogdoches Police Department responded at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday night to a noise complaint near the dead end of Woodcreek Drive. Complainants reported gunshots or small explosions.

Officers confronted a suspect carrying a backpack exiting the wooded area in the 4800 block of Woodcreek. The man was found to have what appeared to be improvised explosive devices in the backpack, along with chemicals that were believed to be components of the devices.

The man, John Michael Otis, Jr,, age 18, of Nacogdoches was taken into custody, and the devices were left at the secured scene. Officers immediately secured the area and contacted the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, who responded to the scene. A bomb disposal unit from the Bossier City, Louisiana Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The scene was contained by NPD, with the Nacogdoches Fire Department and the Nacogdoches County EMS on the scene as a precaution.

Once on the scene, the Bomb Disposal Unit assessed the situation and made the decision to destroy the devices in place. A controlled detonation of the devices was conducted on the scene at approximately midnight last night.

John Michael Otis, Jr. has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, a third degree felony. He was taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail.

***Information provided by Nacogdoches Police Department.