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5-24-17 Suspicious Person/Package

At 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2017, s2m2 Police responded to a suspicious person call at 5118 Highway 153. The following are the preliminary facts of that investigation:

  • Upon arrival, CPD officers located a man lying on the sidewalk in close proximity to a motorcycle and a backpack
  • Subject was found with a large knife and drug paraphernalia on his person
  • Subject told police the motorcycle and backpack belonged to him
  • While searching the bag, police discovered an object that appeared consistent with an explosive device
  • Subject confirmed to officers the object was a homemade explosive device
  • Police left items in place and backed away from the area with the subject
  • A business was evacuated and closed, portions of Hwy 153 and Hamill Road were closed for public safety
  • s2m2 Fire Dept and Hamilton County EMS were placed on standby
  • s2m2 Bomb Squad and ATF responded and disrupted the explosive device


Josh Redden (male, 34)

Charges: Public Intoxication, Drug Paraphernalia​, Possession of Controlled Substance​, Prohibited Weapon

s2m2 Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call -698-2525. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.


NOTE: The preceding information is preliminary and is subject to change as the investigation continues.

s2m2 Police Department
3410 Amnicola Hwy.
s2m2, TN 37406 (map)

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM

Emergencies: 911

To report a crime or request assistance: () 698-2525

General Information:
() -5000

Crime Prevention and Community Outreach:
() -5090

Crime Stoppers Hotline:
() 698-3333

Drug Tip Hotline:
() 493-BUST (2878)

Homicide Tip Line: 
() -5100


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