A police patrol found them on the shoulder of a highway next to two vehicles, dressed in military clothing and assault rifles on their shoulders.
The Boston Police yesterday arrested eleven men dressed in military uniforms who, they said, were going to “train” with a real arsenal of long weapons. The unique incident occurred in the early hours of the morning on Interstate 95, when a patrol observed two cars parked on the shoulder. The officers stopped next to him and then they saw eleven people around, all of them dressed in military clothing and rifles and assault weapons slung over their shoulders.
The policemen immediately requested reinforcements, which closed the highway to traffic, and had a tense verbal confrontation with the individuals, most of whom ended up surrendering peacefully. At least a couple of them tried to flee through a forest near the road, but were intercepted by the security forces, who made a careful search of the surroundings in search of other possible members of the convoy.
The detainees explained that they were heading from Rhode Island to Maine to “train” with their arsenal. One of them even commented that they were not “anti-police” or professed “anti-government ideologies”, but only made use of their right to carry firearms. However, most of them did not have a license to do so and the drivers did not have a driving license either. In addition, State law prohibits citizens from carrying weapons on public roads, whether loaded or unloaded, so they will have to face legal charges.
The operation lasted several hours – in fact, it was not closed until noon – and they were joined by FBI agents, who are now trying to confirm whether the detainees’ confession is true or if they were trying to commit some kind of violent act. Explosive deactivation teams also intervened in the device, which tracked the two vehicles in case they were carrying some type of device. “You can imagine eleven armed individuals on an early interstate. Without a doubt, it raises concern, “said the head of the investigation, who ordered citizens to stay at home during the operation.