Heavily Armed Indiana Man Arrested Sunday on his way to a Southern California Gay Pride Parade

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A heavily armed Indiana man arrested Sunday on his way to a Southern California gay pride parade told police he wanted to do harm to the event, authorities said.

James Wesley Howell, 20, of Indiana was arrested about 5 a.m. after neighbors reported suspicious behavior on the street where he was parked the wrong way in a white sedan, Santa Monica police said in a statement.

In the car, officers found three assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals that could be used to make an explosive device, police said.

Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tweeted that Howell told officers after he was arrested that he wanted to harm the gay pride event in West Hollywood that was taking place about seven miles away later Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the annual event.

His arrest came as the mass shooting that killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was still unfolding. Police said they have not found evidence of a connection between the California arrest and the killings.

Police would answer no further questions on Howell or his motives, deferring to the FBI, which has taken over the investigation.

At the scene, police searched a white four-door Acura sedan parked facing the wrong direction on a busy thoroughfare in a mostly residential area of the seaside city west of Los Angeles. There was a red plastic gas can near the car and items laid out on a white sheet next to it.

26 thoughts on “Heavily Armed Indiana Man Arrested Sunday on his way to a Southern California Gay Pride Parade

    1. What I see when I look at the GOP is a group of entitled and destructive narcissists. They get their supply from their supporters and wantonly destroy anyone who isn’t a potential source. It’s horrible…and it is killing all of us in one way or another.


      1. I agree, but I don’t think the two parties are the same. I don’t see the equivalency that the media wants us to see. But they are both corrupt and the members of both parties must be held accountable to the voters.

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  1. Bigotry has to be carefully taught. We need to shine a spotlight on those who act on it and leaders who espouse it, whether they are religious , political, business or governmental leaders. There are those who listen and if they are disenfranchised, sociopathic or zealous can take the next step toward violence. We must respect everyone’s freedoms and rights. We must involve all in the diligence to guard against terrorism. There are over 1,000 hate groups in the US who have nothing to do with Islam. What we don’t need is racism, bigotry and xenophobia in our leaders, one of whom has made the world a more dangerous place and isn’t even in office. This is the counsel of five retired generals and two former CIA directors who define the danger caused by the GOP frontrunner, who is hurting his arm patting himself on the back.

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    1. We’ve had 133 mass shootings in the U.S. since January 1, 2016. In any other nation this would prompt a rigorous debate regarding gun control with the goal of implementing some kind of regulation. What do I see when I see as the banner headlines when I load Yahoo News this morning:

      Cruz sees Orlando massacre as possible wedge issue


      Ronnie Dunn Attacks President Obama’s Speech

      I saved the most idiotic comments for last:

      Donald Trump suggested Monday that President Obama is oblivious to issues of terrorism—and he seemed to suggest in the process that Obama might sympathize with the suspected gunman in the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting.

      Does anyone else see that our nation is being bullied to death?

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      1. It does not surprise but highly disappoints me that Trump and other so called leaders do not see their role in creating divisiveness and hatred. Then, when it is taken to a violent phase point fingers at others. Unless we govern the availability of guns in our country (and one party clearly is at odds with so doing), there is not a damn thing we can do to stop a highly motivated sociopathic lone wolf. Our hope is an engaged Muslim and non-Muslim community, The Indiana man was not Muslim not was Dylan Roof. We have over 1,000 hate groups in this US who are not affiliated with Islam. I’d be interested in your feedback on my post today. Thanks , Keith


  2. What is happening to our society? This is beyond messed up. Why can’t people just live and let live? You love who you love. I can’t even imagine what these crazy mother f^&kers are trying to prove. Can we please just try and dismantle the NRA? They are one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. Assault weapons should only be available to the police and military. When will it stop? This just makes me so sad. Sad for the people who lost their lives, and sad to what is happening to our once great country. Please people, wake the f&*k up!

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      1. I certainly hope not. My nephew is gay and his husband is from Peru. He wrote on Facebook that he came to America to feel safe as a gay man. He doesn’t feel safe anymore. How very sad indeed.

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      2. I hope people get out and vote the politicians out who keep stopping stricter guns laws from going into effect. I can only imagine how much money changes hands between the NRA, gun manufacturers, and the ass clowns who don’t let the legislation be changed regarding stricter gun control.

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      3. Because there is much ignorance out there my friend. I am currently reading the Book Thief, and the parallels between what happened then and what is happening today are truly frightening.

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