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FBI arrests California explosives suspect after manhunt
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:22:44 AM »

A San Francisco man wanted by the FBI for possession of explosive materials was arrested Monday after a three-day manhunt.

Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, was captured by federal agents and San Francisco police officers shortly after authorities said they had found the suspect's car near Crissy Field, located south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Chamberlain was arrested without incident. Morgan Manos, an Uber car driver who witnessed the arrest and captured it on video, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Chamberlain "looked pretty surprised and frantic." Chamberlain was wearing shorts, a sweatshirt and a beanie hat, Manos said, adding: "They took him down hard."

Though Chamberlain was considered armed and dangerous, FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Monday that he did not seem to pose an immediate threat to public safety.

"Anyone who has the means, methods and access to make a bomb should be considered armed and dangerous," Lee said before the arrest.

On Monday, KTVU reported that Chamberlain wrote a three-page note that was released to his friends on social media. The note reportedly described Chamberlain's depression, the breakdown of his personal relationships, and his search for a purpose in life.

"When 2013 came, it did me in," Chamberlain's note read. "I've been fighting and fighting to get out of it. But it wrecked me. And it led to what happened today (Saturday's raid). In the span of a few months, everything that mattered to me betrayed me.

"I explored myriad ways I could put an end to what I was going through," Chamberlain's note continued. "I binged-watched dark TV, sometimes didn't get off the couch for days, and scoured the Internet absorbing fuel for morbid fantasies. Some of that activity seemed to attract the attention of some visitors [Saturday] ... who have made it rather evident that this is the end of the line for me."

Later Monday, Chamberlain wrote an addendum to his note that read: "A panicked update to my letter that should have posted by now. Nothing they're reporting is true. No 'stashes.' Not 'armed and dangerous.' No car 'rigged to explode.' I explored some ugly websites, a year-ish ago. I was depressed. I let Walter White get to me. I thought I was done. That's it. No one was ever in danger. And recently I was all better. I owe my friends and my girlfriend for that. But I guess I did enough for the damage to be done. I'm so sorry everyone."

Multiple agencies, including hazardous materials crews, searched Chamberlain's apartment Saturday in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, blocking off the street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for much of the day.

Lee gave no further details about the nature of the investigation, and the affidavit and search warrant used to enter Chamberlain's home remained under seal.

The suspect's boss at a music rights consultancy group said he last contacted her Friday to remind her to deposit his paycheck at a new bank account. Brooke Wentz said the conversation was uneventful and that she was "tremendously dumbfounded" by the news that the contractor she hired to handle her company's social media accounts was wanted by the FBI.

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