(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco explosives suspect caught near the Golden Gate Bridge after a nationwide manhunt was a “dangerous and desperate person,” officials said on Tuesday.
“I think you can tell from Facebook and social media posts attributed to him,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Sur said during a press conference.
Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, was due to make a court appearance on Tuesday.
As more details emerge about Chamberlain, the former political consultant who police say had explosives at his apartment, Sur urged other people who might know someone suffering from severe depression to come forward.
“If anybody knows anybody reported to be in a dark place or someone who may cause danger … please tell us,” he said at the press conference.
The FBI wouldn’t elaborate on the explosives they said they found at Chamberlain’s apartment after conducting a search on Saturday, or what the suspect planned to do with them.
“All I can say is there were particular items that were found when we executed the search warrant that caused us great concern,” FBI special Agent in Charge David Johnson said.
Johnson did not say where the FBI got the information about the explosives.
Chamberlain was the target of a manhunt that ended when police captured him near the Golden Gate Bridge late Monday.
Sur said the suspect resisted arrest and “a struggle ensued,” but ultimately police were able “to get someone who was absolutely growing more desperate by the moment.”
A letter Chamberlain appears to have posted on social media Monday, hours before his arrest, suggested he was a lonely man fed up with life’s hurdles. He wrote about lost love, career struggles, chronic depression and problems with his mother, who he described as a “religious addict.”
He hinted at suicide but did not mention harming anyone else.
“You’re reading this. That means we probably don’t know each other anymore, and I owe everyone an explanation,” the letter said.
Johnson said he did not know if Chamberlain had a lawyer or whether he would enter a plea on Tuesday.
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