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Wilson Homes Evacuated After Bomb Found During Arrest

Posted September 18, 2002 4:27 a.m. EDT

— As many as 60 people were evacuated from their homes in Wilson after police found a bomb in the home of a wanted man.

John Curtis Lee was charged Wednesday at the state level with six counts of possession of weapons of mass destruction. He received an additional $150,000 bond, which brings his total bond to $178,000. Wayne County also has a hold on him for a habitual felon warrant.

Officials say SBI agents removed an active explosive device from a residence on Carolina Street around 1 a.m., or about 10 hours after the incident began.

Wilson police went to the address Tuesday afternoon to serve John Curtis Lee with three warrants for arrest. Officers arrested Lee.

Lee was wanted in Johnston County for failing to appear in court on charges of habitual felon, burglary and drug violations. Information conveyed to officials in Wilson indicated that Lee might be armed.

Lee told the officers a bomb and other weapons were at his residence.

Police and firefighters evacuated homes within a 200-foot radius of the house. As many as 60 people were served meals at a shelter before they were allowed to return home around 1:30 a.m.