PLANO — Plano police now confirm that an operation involving the bomb squad and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in the 3200 block of Anchor Drive is linked to an ongoing investigation of the man who may have tried to set off an explosive device late Sunday night.
The critically injured man was found by neighbors after a blast near some natural gas lines in the 3600 block of Parker Road, about 1.5 miles from the Anchor Drive address.
"We just hear this huge explosion," said Alex Russell. "It sounds like fireworks, and then prolonged, agonized screaming." Russell said when he went to take a look, he saw the man lying in a pool of his own blood.
The man claimed that he had been hit by a car, but that story was later discredited by police.
Mark Perez, a neighbor of the unidentified suspect, described him as a Taiwanese man in his 20s. "He's always walking through, just barefoot or sandals, carrying a backpack."
Perez said three of his neighbors, including an elderly woman, were asked to leave the home while investigators searched inside. They are trying to determine if he is connected to the Parker Road incident.
Streets around the Anchor Drive address were blocked to traffic and pedestrians. Some immediate neighbors were advised to pack a bag for the night as law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant.
A bomb removal truck and many FBI agents and police personnel surrounded a home where a search warrant was being processed.
In a statement issued at 8:18 p.m., Plano police spokesman David Tilley said additional information was expected to be released on Tuesday.