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Man with a Grenade at Union Station

June 10, 2003
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677  

At approximately 8:52 p.m., on June 9, 2003, Juann Radwill Tubbs was arrested for Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed outside of Union Station, after threatening to detonate a hand grenade. The charge has since been changed to Threatening to Use an Explosive Device to Injure or Damage Property.

The United States Capitol Police received a call for assistance at 8:10 p.m. stating that there was a man with a grenade inside of Union Station. The Capitol Police responded to assist Amtrak Police Department, where they spotted the individual heading west bound on G Street NE holding something in his hand. As the officers approached the man, he pulled out a grenade and removed the pin.

Immediately, the USCP gained custody of the subject while the Amtrak officer gained control over the grenade.

The USCP Hazardous Device Section responded to the area, closing down G Street NE, between North Capitol and First Street NE. The device was carefully taken from the hands of the Amtrak officer and placed in the sphere of the USCP bomb truck in order to determine our render safe procedures (RSP).

There was also a black duffle bag on the scene in which the individual had claimed to have additional explosives in. This bag was carefully searched by the USCP and revealed one additional hand grenade.

Both were taken and secured overnight in the sphere. Earlier this morning, the grenades were taken to a remote site and rendered safe. It was determined that neither of the grenades had a detonator and that both primers had been previously fired.


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  Prepared by:
  Officer Jessica Gissubel
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer