An American man was in police custody this afternoon after he was suspected of leaving a suspicious package in front of the U.S. embassy in Bangkok.
Lucas McCamy, 35, was being taken in for psychological evaluation Tuesday afternoon after Lumphini police officers were alerted to a possible bomb in front of the embassy on Bangkok’s Wireless Road.
An EOD team dispatched to the scene found a box containing batteries, a plastic bottle, a Muay Thai figurine and a few documents.
Hours before the package was placed, a Facebook profile under the name Lucas McCamy posted selfies taken in a skull mask in front of a preschool near the embassy. He looks to be the same man wearing the same clothes taken into custody by the police.
“Dont worry folks I’m just a veteran with PTSD my words mean nothing and facebook is fake so you have nothing to fear,” he wrote Saturday. “Go back to sleep eat your vegetables and enjoy your dreams.”
“Literally everyone and everything on planet earth needs to get ready for a surprise,” he wrote soon thereafter, followed by a message that he was “going to bangkok and going dark.”
His profile indicates he was from Woodland, California, and a “former .50 cal gunner” with the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division. He wrote an endorsement for Donald Trump last month, saying he would “finally flush the toilet on [a] country that has been circling the drain for some time. Only after we’ve lost everything are we free to do anything.”
McCamy’s identification indicates that he works as a teacher in Chonburi province. Any potential motive for leaving the package was yet unclear, according to Capt. Noppa Thongbo of the Lumphini Police Station.
He was being taken to the Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry for psychological evaluation.
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