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Man holds National Guardsman transporting COVID-19 vaccine at gunpoint in Texas

The 66-year-old suspect purportedly was looking for what said were kidnapped victims. He was arrested without incident.

Updated: March 24, 2021 - 1:34pm

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An Arizona man has been arrested for holding a caravan of 11 National Guardsmen transporting the COVID-19 vaccine at gunpoint.

The suspect has been identified as Larry Lee Harris, 66. Harrris on Tuesday allegedly followed the National Guard caravan, attempted to run it off the road, then pulled it over. He claimed to be a detective and search the vehicles at gunpoint, according to NBC News.

Authorities do not think he was trying to steal the vaccine. Harris claimed that the National Guard had kidnapped a woman and a young girl, which has raised question about his mental state.

"I am amazed that this did not turn into a very bad situation because he was standing in the midst of these guardsmen with a loaded handgun, plenty of ammunition to cause a lot of havoc," Idalou Texas Police Chief Eric Williams said. "And for whatever reason, he decided to put the gun in his pants when he saw the officers arriving, and the officers were able to take him into custody without incident."

Harris was is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, impersonating a public servant, and interference with Texas military forces, according to the Associated Press. He faces a maximum 20 years in prison, if convicted.

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