It seems there are a few bugs in the system. This happened near my neighborhood. I got a reverse 911 call in the evening, after they had nabbed Mr. Poe.
I'm not sure why all the fuss, except that the guy apparently was tipped off about the impending bust at the nearby motel just 10 minutes before it was to happen. Maybe the authorities thought there was some danger this guy would be a bit rattled, try to take someone hostage, or be more violent than he turned out to be.