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DPS: AZ man with weapons cache talked of doomsday

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(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Christopher Dewey (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Dewey (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Doyle (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Michael Doyle (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Two men are in custody and a cache of assorted weapons seized after authorities saw their vehicle nearly collide with a cement barrier in Phoenix.

The driver, Michael Doyle, 30, and his passenger, Christopher Dewey, 26, were placed in handcuffs, searched and booked into jail on 14 counts of misconduct with explosives, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

When the DPS officer approached the vehicle near U.S. 60 and 91st Avenue on Aug. 27, the lawman saw Doyle was wearing a ballistic vest and had large bulges in his pockets, DPS said.

A large number of weapons and explosives were discovered inside the vehicle. They included:   

  • A fully loaded AK-47 rifle
  • Pipe bombs
  • Bomb components
  • A steel plate converted into a shield
  • A copy of the Anarchist Cookbook and a copy of the Improvised Munitions Handbook.
  • A machete
  • Five magazines with 159 rounds of ammunition
  • A steel shank

Officers said they also 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.

Seven complete improvised explosive devices were discovered and rendered safe by the State DPS Bomb Squad.

Detectives, working with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and the Northern Narcotics task force, located Doyle's estranged wife. During a police interview, she said that Doyle considers himself a sovereign citizen, DPS said.

During a search of the home, detectives said they found a cassette tape with Doyle talking about killing and doomsday. They also found Molotov cocktail devices and a 30-06 scoped rifle.

Doyle and Dewey also face two counts of misconduct with a weapon and use of body armor during commission of a felony.

A records check showed Doyle's license was suspended, DPS said. 

They were booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

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