More details on arrested Fort Gordon suspect

By: Melissa D. Tune Email
By: Melissa D. Tune Email
Anthony Saxon

Anthony Saxon

News 12 at 11 o'clock, June 16, 2010

FORT GORDON, Ga. --- It was business as usual at Fort Gordon Wednesday afternoon, but 24 hours earlier, it was different story. Investigators say 34-year-old Anthony Saxon from Keysville drove onto post with a mission in mind.

Military sources and court documents say the former Florida National Guardsman headed to the 35th MP detachment where he claimed to have been an 82nd Airborne soldier. Saxon was allegedly dressed as a Master Sergeant -- ACUs and rank -- when he requested and was given a $1000 sophisticated laser sight. But he wasn't able to get by without someone being suspicious.

"The important thing is, the suspicious behavior was noted, it was reported, and he was quickly apprehended," said Colonel Glenn Kennedy, Fort Gordon Garrison Commander.

Directorate of Emergency Services Chief Willie McClinton told News 12, "A member of this community had spotted his vehicle and called it in to the military police desk."

McClinton said that Saxon was already wanted as part of another investigation. It appears this time, Saxon's slip up was entering the installation again. Chief McClinton is thankful the incident was quickly contained.

"It could have been much worse," said McClinton. "But thanks on the vigilance of the community, the person that called in the license tag, nothing happened."

According to Chief McClinton, Saxon left the 35th MP Detachment area and was picked up at building 14600, which is the communications security repair facility. Military policemen searched Saxon's car and found a bag filled with several inert flash bangs, a land mine and night vision devices. They found the laser too.

"The majority of the devices that were found wouldn't have exploded any more than a seat cushion in a car would have exploded," said Kennedy. "He couldn't have used too much of what he had to do much of anything."

For now, Fort Gordon officials are relieved that no one was hurt and the incident ended peacefully.

"We will do an After Action Review (AAR) to ensure that everyone is fully aware of what happened and to make sure that the procedures we have in place are thoroughly followed," said McClinton.


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  • by Tiger Location: Woods on Jun 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    I completely agree with him being a tea bagger. Tea bagging has known to make folks do crazy things. Heck there was a tea bagging event going on this past weekend.
  • by TK3 on Jun 18, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    Sounds like the guy wanted the stuff for something other than would he could just sell it for. Militia's appear to be forming up everywhere.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2010 at 01:21 AM
    This guy is a terrorist. And an american to boot. Wonder if he is a tea bager?
  • by Mark Location: Fort Gordon on Jun 17, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    I just think that is crazy, but I feel safe. We have the best security force necessary to complete any mission here at Fort Gordon, and I am highly confident that nothing like this will happen again.
  • by CHARLES Location: AUGUSTA GA on Jun 17, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    I MIGHT BE A LITTLE SLOW. BUT IF IMPOSTER WAS MARRIED FOR OVER 15 YEARS, SOMEONE HAD TO FILE THEIR INCOME TAXES,AND I KNOW THE WIFE HAD TO BE SEEN BY A DOCTER,THE WIFE WOULD HAVE TO PRODUCE A MILITARY ID CARD FOR SERVICE. AND WHY WOULD A CPT IN THE US ARMY WOULD SIGN FOR A HIGHLY CONTROL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT TO ANY TOM DICK AND HARRY, WITHOUT CHECKING WITH SOME ONE ABOVE HIS PAY GRADE.AND HOW DID THE FAMILY SERVIVE WITHOUT ANY SOURCE OF INCOME. SOMEONE NEED TO CHECK THE WIFE TOO.
  • by Bill Location: Augusta on Jun 17, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    It's confusing because the story has not been presented correctly. The different media has jumbled some things, or there has been miscommunication. Maybe they will get it straightened out. Wackenhut does agood job on the gates, and they are not at fault in any way. I am not at the liberty to "fix" the details, but the story is not compeltely accurate.
  • by taz on Jun 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    if theres no evidence to support anyone else was involved, theres no reason to step up security at the gate. If the guy wasnt acting suspicious at the gate, what reason would they have to suspect him of anything? Ya cant blame the gate guards for this one.
  • by SnowBunnyLover on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    amazing how story changes every 2 hours.
  • by twister storm Location: louisville on Jun 17, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    lets face until terrorist are and where they work train and live are wiped off the planet we will never be safe and the ones that are just lunitics like the knuckle head that went to fort gordan drop him off in iraq or afganastan and push the red button after all our boys and girls come home.the ones taht are here pack them up send them home too
  • by Eve Location: Ft Gordon, GA on Jun 17, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    I'm curious as to how he got on post to begin with. Did his car have a Ft Gordon sticker on it - is he former military? Or was his vehicle inspected and the items he had weren't detected. I know that documentation is needed for the requisition of equipment - did he have such documentation for the laser? I'd like to know the answers to these questions, but I doubt that the military will release such details at the moment. I'm also thankful that at least SOMEONE was suspicious and it was reported. I'm also glad that he didn't have enough of whatever he had, to do do any real damage. KUDOS to the person who called and reported the suspicious behavior!
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