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Tainted letters arrest: Mayor Bloomberg & NYPD commend FBI

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Shannon Richardson arrested; linked to ricin letters sent to elected officials Shannon Richardson arrested; linked to ricin letters sent to elected officials

A Texas woman has been arrested in the investigation of ricin-tainted letters sent to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Shannon Richardson of New Boston had told FBI agents her husband sent the letters.

Agents in hazardous material suits were seen going in and out of her house earlier this week.

Mayor Bloomberg released the following statement after the arrest was made:

I want to commend the NYPD and FBI for their outstanding work in apprehending a suspect, and I want to thank all the City and Federal agencies – including the Secret Service, Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Homeland Security and others – that played a role in the investigation of and response to this incident. City and Federal agencies worked collaboratively from the outset and will continue to do so as the investigation continues.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly of the New York Police Department also issued a statement.

I want to commend the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI for the arrest in the ricin case.

I also commend the members of the NYPD Counter terrorism Bureau, the  Emergency Service Unit, and the city's Department of Environmental Protection who  responded to the threat against Mayor Bloomberg, as well as the NYPD Intelligence Bureau who maintained the Mayor's safety throughout, as they do everyday.

Fortunately, neither Mayor Bloomberg, President Obama, the director of the Mayors Committee Against Illegal Guns, nor those who processed the ricin-laced mail incurred serious illness or injury, in part because of safety measures already in place.

A hearing and press conference are expected Friday afternoon. Stay with KTBS 3 News for more details as this story continues to unfold.

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