FBI arrests man with Neo-Nazi ties in Spokane bomb case

Mar 10, 2011

The FBI has arrested a man with Neo-Nazi ties in connection with the attempted bombing on Martin Luther King Day in Spokane. Agents arrested the man in rural Stevens County.

Kevin William Harpham, 36, is accused of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. It's the first arrest in the case of an unexploded backpack bomb left on the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade.

U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby says federal, state, and local investigators have spent the last month and a half sifting through clues in the case:

"They followed literally thousands if not hundreds of thousands of leads in arriving at the point where we could identify a suspect that we felt we had probable cause to arrest."

The Southern Poverty Law Center says in 2004 Harpham was a registered member of the National Alliance, a prominent Neo-Nazi group.

In the late '90s he was stationed at what is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. The Army says he was with the 1st battalion 37th field artillery regiment.