FBI, ATF seeking Fort Smith man accused of having explosive devices

Neil Ravi Mehta (Photo courtesy of FBI Little Rock)
Neil Ravi Mehta (Photo courtesy of FBI Little Rock)

FORT SMITH — Federal agents are looking for a man after finding explosive devices in his home Tuesday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Little Rock and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New Orleans are looking to find and arrest Neil Ravi Mehta, 31, for unlawful possession of an unregistered destructive device.

The devices were found when agents searched Mehta’s residence in Fort Smith, according to FBI Little Rock spokesman Connor Hagan. He said multiple explosive devices were found inside the residence that were rendered safe by federal agents.

Mehta remains at large. He is described as being 5’11” and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

“At this point in time, we do consider Mehta to be armed and dangerous,” Hagan said. “We are asking the public, if they do see him, please do not approach. Please contact your local law enforcement agency, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

Hagan reported Mehta has ties to eastern Oklahoma, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, New York City, Pakistan and India.

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