Man Arrested in Connection with Poteau Pipe Bomb Scare

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The Choctaw Travel Plaza gas station and convenience store was put on lockdown around 3:00 p.m. Sunday (August 3).

According to LeFlore County Dispatchers, as of 1:00 a.m. Monday (August 4) the convenience store was reopened.

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said they arrested a man on unrelated charges while he was getting gas. When impound police searched his vehicle, they found the suspicious device. Authorities described the device to be a pipe that was capped on both ends.

Poteau Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and Tribal Police assisted in the investigation. The suspect's identity has not been released.