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Virginia man had weapons cache, grenade launcher stashed in N.J. hotel room [Map of Ft. Drum]
New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | 1/25/10 | Star-Ledger Staff

Posted on 01/25/2010 8:01:01 PM PST by ruralvoter

A Virginia man who once spent eight years on the run from naval investigators was arrested in Somerset County early today with a trove of high-powered weapons, including a grenade-launcher and two assault rifles, along with maps of a U.S. military base and a civilian neighborhood, authorities said.

The federal government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force quickly joined the investigation into Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, who had been staying at a Branchburg motel since last week. Woodson, whose last known address was in Reston, Va., was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying one of the assault rifles — customized to shoot .50-caliber rounds — when police arrested him after a chase and a scuffle in a local trailer park.

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1 posted on 01/25/2010 8:01:02 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

ROP convert?


2 posted on 01/25/2010 8:02:40 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ruralvoter

gee, what a surprise, he is black and they found a mid east head dress scarf in his posessions...


3 posted on 01/25/2010 8:04:08 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: ruralvoter; Travis McGee; Squantos

Well-equipped guy. Don’t know of many .50 cal assault rifles, though.


4 posted on 01/25/2010 8:04:43 PM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: raygunfan

Not A Redneck!


5 posted on 01/25/2010 8:05:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: ruralvoter

The right to keep and bear arms was intended to include all military arms.


6 posted on 01/25/2010 8:05:49 PM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: ruralvoter
Mixed in among Woodson’s belongings, the prosecutor said, was a Middle Eastern, red-and-white traditional headdress

I'm sure we will never know.

7 posted on 01/25/2010 8:06:24 PM PST by HospiceNurse
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To: pissant

“A U.S. Navy spokesman, Lt. Justin Cole, said Woodson joined the service in February 1988 and served aboard the USS Orion, a submarine tender, before deserting in April 1989. It would be eight years before he was returned to Navy custody, Cole said. A month later, in August 1997, Woodson was discharged.”

Another source said he did have a red and white middle eastern head scarf in the hotel room.


8 posted on 01/25/2010 8:06:41 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: pissant

Wonder what his other name is.


9 posted on 01/25/2010 8:07:03 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: pissant
ROP convert?

nahhhhh....surely not

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10 posted on 01/25/2010 8:07:03 PM PST by digger48
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To: pissant

I read online that the red and white head gear is common in Jordan and Somalia.


11 posted on 01/25/2010 8:07:32 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter
customized to shoot .50-caliber rounds

???? I would love to know the details of this so called 'customization'. I have a feeling it is more like a from scratch fabrication.

12 posted on 01/25/2010 8:09:30 PM PST by mnehring
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To: FreedomPoster
.50 Beowulf


13 posted on 01/25/2010 8:09:54 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: FreedomPoster

.50 Beowolf upper or a .50 BMG upper?

Gotta have serious recoil if it was a .50 BMG small enough to conceal under anything sort of a burka!


14 posted on 01/25/2010 8:12:15 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Solitar

Along with cannons too?


15 posted on 01/25/2010 8:14:07 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: FreedomPoster
Well-equipped guy. Don’t know of many .50 cal assault rifles, though.

Probably an AR with a .50 Beowulf upper.

Or a Barrett. ;0), which might be an "assault rifle" in the eyes of a NJ newspaper reporter.

16 posted on 01/25/2010 8:14:11 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I don’t know, sounds like some Texas FReepers I know closet collections.


17 posted on 01/25/2010 8:14:33 PM PST by mnehring
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To: ruralvoter

Well..., it is Jersey, after all....


18 posted on 01/25/2010 8:14:36 PM PST by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: ruralvoter

Must not be a Mensa candidate, of all the places to bring all that hardware...New Jersey! BB guns are illegal here.


19 posted on 01/25/2010 8:14:55 PM PST by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Not A Redneck!

Exactly! he was from a secret underground terrorist organization. whats it it called? OH Yea...........Amish!


20 posted on 01/25/2010 8:15:16 PM PST by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: ruralvoter

How did he have anything capable of firing .50 BMG under a vest?


21 posted on 01/25/2010 8:15:30 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: ModelBreaker
Wonder what his other name is.

I heard it was Abba Fonghoul.

22 posted on 01/25/2010 8:15:33 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: digger48

Yer right. No way could this turd be a allah worshipper


23 posted on 01/25/2010 8:16:43 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: freebilly
G.T.L. BABY
24 posted on 01/25/2010 8:18:11 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

thanks digger48:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2437324/posts?page=10#10


25 posted on 01/25/2010 8:22:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: FreedomPoster
Don’t know of many .50 cal assault rifles, though.

Something like this, maybe. (A single shot .50 AR-15 conversion of some sort.)


26 posted on 01/25/2010 8:26:09 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" Gal 3:29)
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To: FreedomPoster

http://www.alexanderarms.com/beowulf.htm

I’m thinking it was this.......


27 posted on 01/25/2010 8:29:05 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ruralvoter
Dear Jennifer and Mark,

It is with concern that I read your story Virginia man had weapons cache, grenade launcher stashed in N.J. hotel room at the link

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/suspicious_virginia_man_had_we.html

I had a couple of questions for you, based upon the article.

In particular, my curiosity was roused by the following paragraph:

A U.S. Navy spokesman, Lt. Justin Cole, said Woodson joined the service in February 1988 and served aboard the USS Orion, a submarine tender, before deserting in April 1989. It would be eight years before he was returned to Navy custody, Cole said. A month later, in August 1997, Woodson was discharged.

And then there is the following sentence:

Mixed in among Woodson’s belongings, the prosecutor said, was a Middle Eastern, red-and-white traditional headdress.

This seems to me to be fairly unusual attire for a Navy man, even in an era when the President bows to the King of Saudi Arabia.

In addition, it seems odd that someone who has deserted from the Navy escaped apprehension for *eight years*.

My questions are as follows:

Is there any information available as to where Woodson was living during the interval after his desertion and before his apprehension and (presumably dishonorable) discharge?

Were any other suspicious items found (or disclosed by the authorities) which might shed light on his state of mind or motivations? (A Koran, given the headdress; or maybe screeds against the military given his discharge following desertion; or even connections to the Weather Underground -- remember several of their members died while constructing a homemade bomb meant to kill people on a military base.)

Did he have a laptop computer or a cell phone? Has a warrant been secured to allow them to be examined ? (Remember Zacarais Moussaoui's laptop prior to 9-11.)

Naaah -- I'm sure he had Glenn Beck's private cell phone and a copy of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue (heavily underlined in highlighter). /sarc>

Cheers!

28 posted on 01/25/2010 8:30:34 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: ruralvoter
Just another Teabagger! / Janet "The System Worked" Napolitano mode>

Cheers!

29 posted on 01/25/2010 8:31:58 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: smokingfrog; GladesGuru; Trailerpark Badass; Squantos

The heck of it is, I knew about that thing, but didn’t think of it. I was figuring .50 BMG. Trailerpark Badass nailed my line of thinking with his last comment.

If it was a Beowulf, I’m amazed the reporter got it right.


30 posted on 01/25/2010 8:34:25 PM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

He didn’t.


31 posted on 01/25/2010 8:35:42 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: ruralvoter
Black dude - check

.50 Cal - check

red/white keyfiyah - check

map of US military installation - check

Let the jihad, er, nothing to indicate terrorism, man made disaster, er, Army psychiatrist medical lecture begin.

32 posted on 01/25/2010 8:35:54 PM PST by Moe Tzadik
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To: grey_whiskers

Good point. A defector to Islamic Jihad?


33 posted on 01/25/2010 8:37:07 PM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I’m too old school Jersey to even semi-appreciate something like GTL.... Just sayin’....


34 posted on 01/25/2010 8:37:43 PM PST by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: ruralvoter

In Texas, what this guy had would be called OBEYING THE LAW.


35 posted on 01/25/2010 8:43:32 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: JrsyJack; FreedomPoster
Believe it or not, they do make a .50 cal air rifle.

youtube: Dragon Slayer .50 caliber air rifle

36 posted on 01/25/2010 8:52:24 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: Squantos; Cindy

Not only was he wearing body armor when apprehended- they found a second vest in his hotel room.


37 posted on 01/25/2010 9:10:24 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: ruralvoter
Virginia man had weapons cache, grenade launcher stashed in N.J. hotel room

Well, you know, in MSM-speak, a "weapons cache" is a pocket knife and a nail file. As for the grenade launcher, maybe that neighborhood has a lot of motel-room robberies! ;-)

38 posted on 01/25/2010 9:13:02 PM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: piasa

A second vest.

Noted and thanks piasa.


39 posted on 01/25/2010 9:16:18 PM PST by Cindy
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To: pissant

Wait wait... Can you go jihad without changing to a Muzzie name?

This is depressing.

You don’t have to change your name to Mullahaborackaskyhook Muhammad poopbeuponallah Mohammad before going nuts??


40 posted on 01/25/2010 9:18:30 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

True. but having arab doo rags is dead giveaway.


41 posted on 01/25/2010 9:19:38 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: mnehring

I guess he thought he was on the A-Team and he pittied the fool who was an infidel


42 posted on 01/25/2010 9:20:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: FreedomPoster

It is common to replace the M4 upper with a .50 Beowulf. It is a lengthened .50AE with the head turned down to fit the .223 bolt. 10 of them will single stack in the standard M4-20 round magazine. They are used against vehicles and will take doors off their hinges.


43 posted on 01/25/2010 9:22:08 PM PST by Concho
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To: 2harddrive

lol. almost.


44 posted on 01/25/2010 9:22:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: FreedomPoster

.50 Beowulf


45 posted on 01/25/2010 9:33:21 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: smokingfrog
Thanks for the link. I gotta get me one of those.
46 posted on 01/25/2010 9:44:51 PM PST by JoeFromSidney
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Or a Barrett. ;0), which might be an "assault rifle" in the eyes of a NJ newspaper reporter.


47 posted on 01/25/2010 9:49:37 PM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: All; Squantos

http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0110/699581.html

“Virginia Man Arrested in NJ on Multiple Weapons Charges posted”
01/25/10 11:12 pm
producer: Meta Pettus

BRANCHBURG, N.J. -
SNIPPET: “Detectives later searched the room where Woodson had been staying at the Red Mill Inn in Branchburg. Forrest said they seized another Bushmaster .308-caliber semiautomatic rifle with a defaced serial number, a 37 mm Cobray grenade launcher, a second bulletproof vest, a Russian-made night vision scope, a police scanner, the maps and hundreds of rounds of .50-caliber and .308-caliber ammunition.”

SNIPPET: “Forrest said investigators from the FBI (web) and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.”


48 posted on 01/25/2010 10:10:54 PM PST by Cindy
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To: ruralvoter

Amish terrorist?


49 posted on 01/25/2010 10:16:23 PM PST by ToTheMax
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To: piasa

Re suspect wearing a body armor vest and having a second one in his hotel room.

Was he playing ZZ Top’s “Well Dressed Man” when he was caught?


50 posted on 01/25/2010 10:20:07 PM PST by ToTheMax
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