New York man arrested
The FBI has confirmed that a New York man is facing charges for planning to detonate a 200-pound homemade bomb on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Election Day. The device was discovered in the man’s home just north of New York City.
The 56-year-old man said he planned to detonate the explosives, hoping to kill himself in the blast, to draw attention to his political beliefs.
He allegedly sent text messages and letters to a resident in Pennsylvania detailing his plans. The Pennsylvania person alerted the FBI, and the man was arrested. After waiving his Miranda rights, the intended bomber admitted his plan. The bomb was removed from the man’s basement and transferred to a safe location by the FBI.
The FBI does not believe he is a part of any larger terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
- For the work of FBI agents and other members of law enforcement.
- With thanksgiving for the response of the Pennsylvania individual who reported the threat.