Police say they have arrested the person they think placed a homemade explosive device that went off Sunday and damaged Planned Parenthood’s Gillett Street clinic.
Police said today they identified the man after reviewing surveillance footage.
The man was booked into the Outagamie County Jail on Monday evening on a probation violation. No charges have yet been referred to prosecutors.
“The focus today is to determine what else we can discover that might link this person to the situation,” said Grand Chute Police Chief Greg Peterson.
Police identified the man through his vehicle, a white SUV, which was involved in a crash later that night close to the site of the Planned Parenthood office, and towed away. They tracked down the owner of the vehicle and he matched the description on the surveillance tapes. So good police work contributed to the arrest.
The man has not yet been charged. In addition to local law enforcement, the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division have opened investigations into the case. The DoJ investigation falls under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
The Planned Parenthood clinic reopened today. This is but one of several thousand incidents of violence at abortion clinics or women’s health clinics over the past 30 years.