Pentagon Bomb Scare Suspect a Marine Reservist

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Authorities said a suspicious vehicle parked outside the Pentagon after midnight belonged to Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va.

Melaku fled authorities briefly before being caught after 1 a.m. Inside Arlington National Cemetery.

He was carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials. Police added that he was not cooperative when questioned.

Nothing suspicious was found in Melaku's car, a red 2011 Nissan, but they became alarmed by several items in his backpack, including a chemical compound that can be used in exloisuves.

Melaku is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ethiopia. Melaku joined the Marine Corps Reserves in September 2007 and is currently listed as a lance corporal and motor vehicle operator, according to the FBI.

Was this a potential homegrown terror plot? CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck looked into the case so far. Click play for his comments.

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