Arrest Made in Attempted Bombing at Car at Tennessee Assisted Living Center

Hemera/Thinkstock(PIKEVILLE, Tenn.) -- Federal agents have arrested a man wanted in connection with the alleged attempted bombing of a woman's car at a senior care facility in Tennessee.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) took Mitchell Oakes, 41, into custody at his home in Bledsoe County in Tennessee.

Police said he was sought on charges of attempted first degree murder, unlawful possession of an explosive device, and being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon, as well as a felony warrant for an "unrelated matter" in Virginia.

On Saturday, police in the city of Franklin, outside of Nashville, identified Oakes as a suspect in the attempted car-bombing of an employee of a senior assisted living facility. They warned that he was a "convicted felon with a violent history and extensive knowledge of bomb making and weapons," and was "considered armed and dangerous."

The employee, who has not been identified, called authorities after discovering what police later described as a "sophisticated" device that "would have caused extreme injury or death if it had detonated as intended."

Police told ABC News' affiliate WKRN-TV that Oakes had some sort of prior relationship with the facility employee.

The bomb, which the employee discovered when getting into her car to leave work on Saturday morning, did not detonate on its own, but was later disabled in a controlled detonation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the FBI, police said.

About 60 people living in the facility were moved to another part of the building for safety, according to authorities.

Police said that they planned to have the bomb's components analyzed at the ATF's lab in Atlanta.

Authorities were offering up to $8,500 for information leading to Oakes' arrest, police said. It isn't clear if anyone would be receiving the reward.

Booking, bond, and court date information on Oakes is currently unavailable, police said.

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