FBI Raids Corinth, Miss. Home of Ricin Suspect

FBI Raids Corinth, Miss. Home of Ricin Suspect

Heavily armed and dressed in full hazmat suits, 13 FBI agents entered the home Thursday evening of a man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Barak Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.
CORINTH, MS (abc24.com) - Heavily armed and dressed in full hazmat suits, 13 FBI agents entered the home Thursday evening of a man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Barak Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.

"This is terrifying," said Lacy Ross, as she watched it all unfold. "When I saw them get out with those guns I hollered for all the kids to get into the house."

Agents raided Paul Kevin Curtis's home after spending the day testing the air quality outside his small Corinth home.

"There is no words, it's scary," Ross said.

Earlier in the day, Curtis made his initial court appearance in federal court in Oxford. Curtis did not say much during the hearing, which lasted around 3 minutes.

"I never thought in a million years this would happen," Ross said.

Curtis was arrested Wednesday evening outside his home. More than 24 hours later, Curtis's white SUV, with an Elvis Presley vanity plate, sat parked awkwardly in the street in front of his house. Crime scene tape was wrapped around the SUV.

By Thursday night, the FBI agents exited Curtis's home. It wasn't clear what, if anything, they removed from the home.

Each agent was decontaminated at the scene, with all of their gear, even their guns, placed in thick yellow bags.

"It is like something you would see on TV," Ross said.

Ross said Curtis didn't say much, but had introduced himself once. She said she did know that Curtis was an Elvis Presley tribute artist. Several clips on YouTube show Curtis singing on stage.

Mike Hopkins used to live next-door to Curtis.

"A lot of time he would be over there singing and I would have to go back in the house," he said.

Curtis's family released a statement on Thursday.

"Our family is distraught to learn of the claims being made that my brother Kevin Curtis, sent poison to public officials," Jack Curtis, Kevin's brother, wrote.

"For years, our family has struggled to obtain medical assistance for Kevin, who has been diagnosed as bipolar," Curtis said. "When Kevin is taking his medications as prescribed, he is a loving, compassionate person. Our family is hopeful that the federal government will do something to provide some assistance for Kevin's mental illness."

Curtis is due in federal court again Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Oxford.

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