Suspicious Man Detained at Oak Creek Sikh Temple
Officers found ammunition in the man's vehicle and "strange" writings about the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting in his backpack, according to an Oak Creek police report.
OAK CREEK, WI -- A man found with ammunition in his vehicle and "strange" writings about the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado was detained Sunday morning outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
A police officer saw the man, a 32-year-old from Maryland, enter the temple about 8:40 a.m., according to an Oak Creek police report.
He initially told the officer he drove to the temple wanting to pray with temple members after watching a story about the Aug. 5 shootings, when six were killed and four wounded by white supremacist Wade Michael Page. The man later told police he was writing a book and wanted to talk to members.
Officers searched his backpack and found a large amount of zip ties, a roll of duct tape, "strange" writings about the July 20 mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater and a piece of crime scene tape collected from Aurora, according to the police report.
During a search of his vehicle, officers found several boxes of ammunition, gun cleaning supplies and an empty case from a handgun, according to the report.
An FBI agent interviewed the man and reviewed the items found by Oak Creek police officers.
Officers continued their investigation at the Oak Creek police station, where they made copies of his writings and seized the ammunition.
The police department also put extra patrols around the temple following the incident.