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Henderson man arrested, identified after holding up Hoover Dam bypass bridge

Credit: Ernie Zuniga of SBG San Antonio

A Henderson man is in custody after barricading himself inside a vehicle Friday afternoon at the Hoover Dam bypass bridge.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, at 12:02 p.m., troopers received information that 30-year-old Matthew P. Wright was armed with a rifle in an armored vehicle and was blocking the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which extends over the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam.

The black armored vehicle was parked crossways across the southbound lanes of the bridge, where the Arizona/Nevada state lines meet.

Wright was reported outside of the vehicle holding a sign that said, "release the OIG report".

At 12:30 p.m., Wright began to move, leaving the bridge and traveling southbound on US 93, failing to yield to law enforcement. At about milepost 5, on US 93, Wright ran over tire deflation devices set out by troopers and three of the truck's tires deflated, however, the vehicle continued southbound.

At milepost 9, a roadblock was set up, blocking both the southbound lanes of US 93. As Wright approached milepost 8.5, he turned west on Cranes Nest Road and drove towards the Colorado River. Troopers and National Park Service Police followed the truck down the dirt road.

Around1:28 p.m., Wright came to a stop on the dirt road with troopers and National Park Police behind it. Wright got out of the truck and was immediately taken into custody without incident. A rifle and handgun were found inside the truck.

“We are pleased that the partnership and cooperation between all agencies involved resulted in the successful and safe conclusion to this incident," said Captain Brian Swanty.

Wright was booked into the Mohave County Jail on the charges of obstruction of a highway, endangerment and unlawful flight from law enforcement.



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