Friday, September 22, 2017, 4:44 AM
A man accused of stockpiling materials to make a bomb in his Georgia apartment was arrested after 18 neighboring homes were evacuated.
David Aaron Romine, 31, was denied bond on Thursday after he was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to possess or manufacture an explosive device.
Police appeared at the Towne View Place apartment complex on Monday after Romine got into a dispute with a neighbor, according to the Athens Banner Herald.
David Aaron Romine, 31, of Athens, Georgia, was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to possess or manufacture an explosive device.(Athens-Clarke County Police)
When the apartment manager turned up and asked if he could inspect the units, Romine agreed, sparking an evacuation after the manager said there appeared to be explosives inside his home.
A bomb squad, along with an FBI agent and the U.S. Army weapons of mass destruction civil team found various chemicals, a metal pipe with both ends capped, soldering tools, wiring, and an alarm clock inside the 31-year-old’s home, police said.
David Aaron Romine, 31, of Athens, Georgia, is seen in court. He was denied bond on Thursday(WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
When authorities asked why there was a capped pipe in his bedroom, Romine reportedly said he “didn’t have the money for a pressure cooker at the time” - a remark that alarmed authorities since those were used in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Bomb technicians commented on how real the assembled items looked, saying the “lab set-up looked like training exercises they had done,” Dieball said.
Neighibors at Towne View Place in Athens, Georgia, were evacuated after the apartment complex manager said there appeared to be bombs in Romine's home(WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)
While an investigation ultimately found there were “no explosive compounds” in the apartment, Officer Clint Dieball said “there were many indicators and precursors that [Romine] was attempting to make a more a sophisticated and dangerous bomb”.
It remains unclear what Romine may have been planning to do with the materials, although he told police he was planning to make a bulletproof vest, the prosecutor said.
Romine’s mental health issues may have played a role, according to Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez.
Romine was previously arrested for battery and making a terrorist threat, according to Fox5.Send a Letter to the Editor
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