Suspicious man at Oak Creek Gurudwara (United States) quizzed by authorities

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Published: November 6, 2012

As per news reports a 31-year-old Severna Park man who said he is following directions from God to visit sites of tragedies in the United States was recently detained and interviewed by authorities after ammunition was found in his car outside the Sikh Gurudwara of Wisconsin, where a gunman killed six worshippers and himself in August, police reported.

According to an Oak Creek (Wisconsin) police report, Joel Sinclair Corbett walked into the Gurudwara about 8:41 a.m. on October 28, 2012 wearing a backpack with wires hanging out of it. Police in a nearby parking lot spotted him. By the time they arrived, worshippers had also called police.

Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, president of the Sikh Gurudwara, said temple members have been more wary of outsiders since the shootings.

“As a part of our religion, we don’t discriminate and anybody could walk into the temple and come and join the service,” Dhaliwal is reported to have said. “We never asked any questions until this August, and now we are vigilant.”

In Corbett’s car, police reportedly found four boxes of 9 mm ammunition, an empty case for a Glock handgun, three bottles of gun cleaner, more zip ties and duct tape, and survival gear, the report says. They also found writings about a prior visit Corbett apparently made to the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and dozens of others wounded by a gunman in July.

A responding FBI agent conducted an interview with Corbett and told police there was “not any immediate reason or probable cause to arrest” him. The agent said he had skimmed Corbett’s writings and described them as “unusual” but “not hate-filled or threatening,” according to the report.

Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal said the community trusts the judgement of police and the FBI, and believes they “took care of it as best they could.”

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