Published: Fri, October 12, 2018

FBI Says Man Planned to Bomb National Mall on Election Day

FBI Says Man Planned to Bomb National Mall on Election Day

A NY man has been charged with building a 200-pound bomb he allegedly planned to detonate on Washington's National Mall on Election Day.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, appeared in federal court on Wednesday after law enforcement agents found an explosive device in his basement on Tuesday, according to a news release from the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, was arrested on Tuesday after the Department of Justice was tipped off by an unidentified person in Pennsylvania who claimed Rosenfeld sent text messages and letters stating that he "planned to build an explosive device" that would go off on November 6 as a way to "draw attention to his political belief in 'sortition'".

Rosenfeld now faces multiple charges, including unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device.

Rosenfeld allegedly told agents during an interview that he had purchased large amounts of the explosive substance, black powder, online, which he picked up and transported from New Jersey to his home in NY, the release said.

Law enforcement agents say the huge explosive device was found at the suspect's home in Tappan, New York state, on 9 October. A bomb discovered at Rosenfeld's home contained eight pounds of black powder but weighed 200 pounds, mostly due to components used to transport it, authorities add. Rosenfeld is also alleged to have made and tested other bombs "for practice", reports ABC News.

Federal agents first learned of the plot after Rosenfeld described his plans in letters and text messages he sent to an unidentified person in Pennsylvania between August and September, the complaint said.

Berman praised the investigative work of the FBI's New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists principally of agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives of the New York City Police Department.

'There is no danger to the public, ' the Rockland County town supervisor said in a statement.

Rosenfeld was scheduled to appear in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday. He is also charged with interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive, which also has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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