A Wichita man had no anti-abortion motives when he brought a small homemade explosive device into a women’s health clinic while applying for a job, police said Tuesday.
The 19-year-old was homeless and carrying everything he owned in his backpack when he went to the South Wind Women’s Center for a Monday interview, Wichita police spokesman James Espinosa said.
A security officer at the clinic, one of three in Kansas that provide abortions, searched the backpack and called police after finding knives and a small bottle with gunpowder inside and a fuse. The building was briefly evacuated.
The man was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of an explosive device, and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office for possible charges.
Espinosa said the police investigation had “absolutely ruled out” any intent for anti-abortion violence.