NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Early Friday morning, federal agents swarmed the home of a Texas man who is now being called a person of interest in the ricin letters investigation.
FBI agents hauled electronics out of the house in New Boston, Texas, CBS Shreveport, La. affiliate KSLA-TV reported.
The person was questioned by the FBI in Texarkana, Texas, but was not immediately considered a suspect, sources told CBS News. Later Friday, CBS 2 learned the man’s wife reportedly told police her husband may have sent the letters. However, the husband reportedly accused his wife — saying he was set-up, and knew nothing about it.
The house is located about an hour and a half drive from Shreveport, where ricin-laced letters mailed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his gun control group in Washington and a third letter to President Barack Obama were postmarked.
Neighbors were stunned.
“We are probably the smallest, quietest, friendliest town in the state of Texas. Yesterday, we were not on the map; today we will be on the map,” Sherry Hensel told CBS 2’s Jack Fink. “You never know. This can happen in any little town anywhere in America, or anywhere for that matter.”