Agents Search Tupelo Taekwondo School for Evidence of Ricin

Agents Search Tupelo Taekwondo School for Evidence of Ricin

FBI agents are focusing on a Tupelo martial arts studio as investigators try to figure out who mailed poison-laced letters to President Obama and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
TUPELO, MS (abc24.com) - FBI agents are focusing on a Tupelo martial arts studio as investigators try to figure out who mailed poison-laced letters to President Obama and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Their prime suspect is currently Everett Dutschke, who owns the taekwondo studio agents are searching.

They raided his tupelo home Tuesday after clearing their first suspect, Kevin Curtis.

Investigators have had the street in front of the taekwondo studio blocked off since early Wednesday morning. HAZMAT crews entered the building before noon, and have been busy going in and out of the studio all day.

Dutschke is a known enemy of former suspect Kevin Curtis. Dutschke was also just indicted for child molestation charges, and his studio has been closed for a few months because of those incidents.

People who live and work near Dutschke are anxious to see what the FBI finds.

"It is scary this close to us but you never know who's next to you," said Tupelo resident Mike Mcmilian. "He seemed like a nice person. I never thought he had that side - of stuff on his mind."

Dutschke's neighbor Dennis Carlock added, "I just hope if he did do it they get him, but if he didn't I hope they find more evidence on the child molestation stuff to send him away and get him out of our neighborhood."

Dutschke has not been arrested. He showed up at his studio around 3 o'clock and spoke with investigators.

Tuesday he talked freely with reporters from ABC 24 when he found out he was a suspect, but he has since been advised by his attorney to no longer talk to the media.

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