Bomb squad called to suspicious vehicle in Hurst

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by MARCUS MOORE and JOSH DAVIS

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Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 2:34 PM

HURST -- Hurst police arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly tampering with a government document Tuesday after the bomb squad was called to a suspicious pick-up truck behind a shopping center.

Hurst police were called the Mayflower Place shopping center in the 700 block of Grapevine Highway Tuesday around 5 a.m. Behind the shopping center was a black Chevrolet Silverado that appeared to have been in an accident. Police said they found a handgun and "possibly a rifle" and what they described as "suspicious" government documents in the truck.

The documents appeared to be used to make fake ID's, according to Hurst Assistant Police Chief Richard Winstanley.

"All the indicators now are taking it down to a level where we're just looking at someone that has some suspicious documents together, and I'm sure the federal government would like to have a conversation with them, as would we," Winstanley said.

Hurst police arrested the owner of a dry cleaning business in the shopping center, Azeez Ahmed, Tuesday just before noon. He is accused of tampering with a government document.

Police contacted both the Department of Defense and Homeland Security after the truck was discovered Tuesday morning, and the agencies advised the police department to check the truck for explosives. The businesses in the strip mall were evacuated while the bomb squad worked.

"I wasn't scared for me, but now I kind of am because we're shut down," said tenant Yvonne Venage. "It's like, just get in there and figure it out."

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