Police: Suspect was carrying an active mortar round at time of arrest
A man was in possession of a live Japanese, WWII-style mortar round when he was taken into custody over the weekend in Rochester.
Police responded to the 1600 block of 8 1/2 Street SE early Sunday morning to a report from a woman who said a man was trying to kick down her door.
Officers located the suspect — Thomas McReynolds, 30, of Rochester — down the street on a bicycle. The officer, who had information to believe the suspect was armed, ordered McReynolds off the bike at guinpoint.
In a backpack, police found a BB gun and the live mortar. McReynolds, who is well known to police, was wanted on an unrelated felony warrant.
On him, police also discovered about 30 different pills. According to the report, McReynolds was intoxicated and acting belligerent.
The St. Paul Bomb Squad was called to the scene. They are now investigating whether the mortar ever posed a threat to public safety.
McReynolds faces a slew of misdemeanor, as well as felony charges for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Charges for the mortar round could come forward pending an investigation by the bomb squad.