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Police: 2 detained not on terror watch list

(FOX19 NOW/Brad Hawley) (FOX19 NOW/Brad Hawley)
(SOURCE: Hamilton County Jail/Provided) (SOURCE: Hamilton County Jail/Provided)

Police detained two people thought to be on a national terror watch list following a routine traffic stop in Newtown Friday.

The man and woman were cleared of suspicion by 3:30 p.m.

Newtown police pulled over Peter Santilli around 1:30 p.m. for texting and weaving his SUV at Little Run Road and State Route 32.

Federal authorities were contacted when the man’s name cross listed in a terror watch database, according to Newtown Police Chief Thomas Synan.

“It was a partial identifier that came back. That was enough to detain and confirm that it wasn’t. We were under the impression that maybe it was, but it’s not,” said Synan.

The pair was cooperative and told authorities they had a weapon inside the SUV, Synan said.

Police located a loaded 9mm handgun with an extra magazine. The man will face an illegal weapon charge for not having a concealed carry permit, according to officials at the scene. The woman was released without charges.

“This is part of what society is right now, people are on high alert," said Synan. "And if you get some type of information you follow it up, if it ends up with nothing, we’re good with it."

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