Hoover Dam barricade suspect identified as 30-year-old Henderson man


Numerous law enforcement units from Nevada and Arizona responded Friday to the Hoover Dam where a  man was barricaded inside what appeared to be an armored vehicle.

Initial reports said the man was armed with a long gun.

The male driver got out of the truck and was immediately taken into custody without incident at 1:28 p.m. A rifle and handgun were found inside the truck.

The incident resulted in U.S. 93 Highway being closed to traffic at the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge between Nevada and Arizona. The bridge and some vehicles were evacuated.

Photo credit: @Will3Ten (The suspect is barricaded inside this vehicle.)

Photo credit: @Will3Ten

The driver, Mathew P. Wright, 30, from Henderson, NV was booked into the Mohave County Jail on the charges of: Obstruction of a highway, Endangerment, Unlawful flight from law enforcement, Misconduct involving a weapon, and Terrorist acts.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, Wright stopped the truck and blocked travel lanes on US 93 at the bridge just before noon. Following that, he moved the vehicle at slow speeds along the bridge.  Witnesses have told 8 News NOW that Wright held up some signs with messages to the president.

“Obviously when we have a barricade subject we don’t know what’s on the subject’s mind,” said NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk. “We want to keep him closed off so he can’t do any harm to anyone.”

Photo credit: @Will3Ten

Photo credit: @Will3Ten

The highway closure caused major traffic delays and forced some motorists headed to Arizona to go through Laughlin.

Photo credit: @Will3Ten

Photo credit: @Will3Ten

Photo credit: Tyson Hollis

Metro Police, SWAT, NHP, Arizona Highway Patrol, Boulder City Police, Lake Mead National Park Service and federal police were at the scene.

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