Man Arrested On Bomb Making Charges

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 6, 2005

A man was arrested after police found bomb making materials in his home.

Saturday night police responded to what they thought was a gas leak at Park's Edge apartments in the 200 block of Whitewood Road.

There was a "very strong [smell] of gasoline like you're pumping gas," said neighbor Sally Arrington.

This is strange for a building that doesn't use gas.

"It's totally electric," said Arrington.

It turned out to be much more than just a leak.

"When the Fire Marshall investigator responded, they went into the apartment and they found some bomb making components," said Bob Lowry, Albemarle Fire Marshall.

Local and state police, Fire and ATF officials evacuated 15 apartments around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

The bomb squad removed materials from the man's apartment including a CO2 cartridge, which they buried and detonated just in these woods, just across from the apartment.

"We did make an arrest of the apartment's occupant. He was charged with three felonies and he is now in custody," said Lowry.

The man, whom neighbors describe as 'unfriendly' was charged with possession of bomb making components.

"He had never been the friendly type of person to talk to anybody in the building. You would speak to him and he would just keep going," said Arrington.

Law enforcement officials removed several things from that apartment, including computers.

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