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Text of Chief Moose's Statement

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Text of statement made by Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose shortly before midnight Wednesday:

"A federal arrest warrant has been issued for John Allen Muhammad, also known as John Allen Williams, a black male, 42 years, approximately six feet one inches tall, 180 pounds in weight. The warrant alleges violation of federal firearms laws. This charge is not related to the recent shootings being investigated by the Montgomery County task force. We believe that Mr. Mohamed may have information material to our investigation. The public is requested to call 911 for on-scene police response or the tip line at 1-888-324-9800 if they have any information regarding Muhammad's whereabouts or any other information that investigators could use to locate this individual. John Allen Muhammad is also known as John Allen Williams, and he should be considered armed and dangerous, and he may be in the company of a juvenile. A strong word of caution: do not assume that the allegation do not assume from this allegation that John Allen Muhammad, also known as John Allen Williams, is involved in any of the shootings we are investigating. A photograph of John Allen Muhammad may be downloaded at www.atf.treas.gov.

"The second portion of this briefing is a message. Following the message, we will not take any questions. And as with prior messages, I ask the media to indulge us to carry the message accurately and often. We understand that you communicated with us by calling several different locations. Our inability to talk has been a concern for us as it has been for you. You have indicated that you want us to do and say certain things. You asked us to say, "we have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose." We understand that hearing us say this is important to you. However, we want you to know how difficult it has been to understand what you want because you have chosen to use only notes, indirect messages, and calls to other jurisdictions. The solution remains to call us and get a private, toll free number established just for you. We still ask you to call or write us at P.O. Box 7875, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20898-7875. If you are reluctant to contact us, be assured that we remain ready to talk directly with you. Our word is our bond. If we can establish communications with you, we can offer other means of addressing what you have asked for. Let's talk directly. We have an answer for you about your option. We are waiting for you to contact us."

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