Police: Man caught driving to Colorado Springs Airport with explosives in car

The Love's gas station at Interstate 25 and Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain was evacuated overnight after a man was arrested there for threatening to use explosives at the Colorado Springs Airport. / Trent Golden - FOX21 News
The Love's gas station at Interstate 25 and Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain was evacuated overnight after a man was arrested there for threatening to use explosives at the Colorado Springs Airport. / Trent Golden - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Pueblo man is facing multiple charges after he was caught driving to the Colorado Springs airport with explosives in his car Thursday night, according to police.

Police said they learned about the situation around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The suspect, 34-year-old Luke Mullen, was having a psychological episode, was paranoid about being watched, and believed his house was bugged, according to police. He had started to build homemade explosives “for his protection.”

When police went to Mullen’s home on Mirror Court in Pueblo, they learned he had already left for the Colorado Springs Airport to pick up family.

Pueblo police sent out an alert to multiple agencies in an attempt to intercept Mullen. Colorado State Patrol troopers found him at the Love’s Country Store at Interstate 25 and Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain. He was arrested without further incident.

A bomb squad found and neutralized four incendiary devices in Mullen’s car, according to police. The gas station was evacuated while authorities investigated.

Authorities recovered another incendiary device inside his home, where his spouse and two children were living. Police said Mullen’s spouse also showed symptoms of paranoia and was hospitalized for an evaluation.

Mullen told investigators he had taken the devices with him “for protection.”

Mullen was jailed on charges of possession of an incendiary device, reckless endangerment, and child neglect.

Luke Mullen / Pueblo Police Department
Luke Mullen / Pueblo Police Department

 

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