Mississippi Man Arrested In Ricin Letters Case

After dismissing charges against their first suspect, Federal and local authorities have arrested a second Mississippi man in connection with the ricin-tainted letters since to President Obama and the Senate:

(Reuters) – Federal agents arrested a Mississippi martial arts instructor on Saturday after his home and a former business were searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other public officials.

Everett Dutschke, 41, was taken into custody by U.S. marshals at his Tupelo home early Saturday morning without incident, the city’s police chief, Tony Carleton, told Reuters.

It was not immediately known if Dutschke has been charged in the ricin investigation.

Agents from the FBI and the Capitol Police, as well as members of an anti-terrorist response team from the Mississippi National Guard, had searched Dutschke’s home on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as the premises of a former martial arts studio Dutschke ran in the city.

Agents had Dutschke’s home under surveillance on Friday afternoon and evening and moved to arrest him about 1 a.m. CDT (02:00 a.m. EDT).

Hopefully they’ve got the right guy this time.

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  1. jd says:

    Well, I’ll bet they got the right guy THIS time. Golly, I’d throw him in jail and throw away the key!! Use torture if necessary!!

  2. Gustopher says:

    Everett Dutschke is a martial arts instructor. Is the current story that the Elvis impersonator was being framed by ninjas?

    Also Dutscke ran for office as a Republican. Never a good sign.

  3. Anderson says:

    Only 2.5M more Mississippians left if this isn’t the guy … the Feebs may arrest me next!

  4. grumpy realist says:

    Is this the guy who looked like he was framing the Elvis impersonator? Or is this a third guy?