Nevada man arraigned in Hoover Dam bridge incident

July 8, 2018

KINGMAN — A Nevada man who blocked the bridge over the Colorado River at Hoover Dam with an armored truck June 15 was arraigned Thursday in Superior Court.

Matthew Phillip Wright, 30, of Henderson, pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism, aggravated assault, unlawful flight from law enforcement and two counts of misconduct involving weapons. He is being held in county jail on a $25,000 bond.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. explained Wright’s sentencing ranges if convicted. If he is convicted of the terrorism charge, Wright faces natural life in prison, life in prison with a chance of parole after 25 years or 10 to 25 years in prison.

Sipe set Wright’s next hearing for Aug. 13.

Wright parked a black armored truck sideways across the southbound lanes of Highway 93 on the Mike O’Callaghan/Pat Tillman Bridge around noon on June 15. He was outside the truck holding up a sign that read, “release the OIG report,” according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The OIG report is believed to refer to a report from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which was released the day before concerning actions taken by the FBI and DOJ during the 2016 presidential election.

When the truck was stopped a short time later, Wright exited the truck and was arrested without incident. An AR-15 rifle, a handgun and ammunition were found in the truck, DPS reported.

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