Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) took Mitchell Oakes, 41, into custody at his home in Bledsoe County in Tennessee.
Police said he was sought on charges of attempted first degree murder, unlawful possession of an explosive device, and being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon, as well as a felony warrant for an "unrelated matter" in Virginia.
On Saturday, police in the city of Franklin, outside of Nashville, identified Oakes as a suspect in the attempted car-bombing of an employee of a senior assisted living facility. They warned that he was a "convicted felon with a violent history and extensive knowledge of bomb making and weapons," and was "considered armed and dangerous."
The employee, who has not been identified, called authorities after discovering what police later described as a "sophisticated" device that "would have caused extreme injury or death if it had detonated as intended."
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