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Arizona Department Of Public Safety Officers Arrest Suspect With A Cache Of Weapons

Arrest Came Following Traffic Stop

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 -

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On August 27, 2013, at approximately 8:57 p.m. a DPS Officer stopped a vehicle after seeing it weaving and nearly colliding with a cement barrier wall near US 60 and 91st Avenue.

Upon contact with the driver, 30 year old Michael James Doyle, the officer saw that Doyle was wearing a ballistic vest and had large bulges in his pockets. A records check showed Doyle’s license was suspended. An inventory of the vehicle revealed a fully loaded AK-47 Rifle, Pipe bombs and bomb components, a steel plate converted into a shield, a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook as well as a copy of the Improvised Munitions Handbook. A machete was also discovered in the vehicle. Both Doyle and his passenger, 26 year old Christopher G. Dewey were placed in handcuffs and searched. Officers found a set of handcuffs in Doyle’s back pocket, a pipe bomb with a red fuse in his front pants and a ballistic vest. In total 7 complete Improvised Explosive Devices were discovered and rendered safe by the State (DPS) Bomb Squad.

In addition, detectives found 5 Magazines with a total of 159 rounds of ammunition. They also discovered a steel shank. With the cooperation of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Northern Narcotics task force, detectives were able to locate Doyle’s estranged wife. During the interview, she stated that Doyle considers himself a Sovereign Citizen. During a search of the residence, detectives found a cassette tape with Doyle talking about killing and doomsday. They also found Molotov cocktail devices and a 30-06 scoped rifle.

Both Doyle and Dewey face 14 counts of misconduct with explosives, two counts of misconduct with a weapon, use of body armor during commission of a felony. Both were booked into the Maricopa County Jail.


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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.