VIGO COUNTY -- According to officials with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post, two area men -- including a Brazil individual -- were arrested for the alleged manufacturing and possession of a destructive device.
Bobby J. Freeman, 47, Brazil, was taken into custody at his Kruzan Street residence May 24, and initially held in the Clay County Justice Center (CCJC) for a probation violation. Later during the same day, charges were upgraded to Possession of a Destructive Device (a class C felony).
Matthew Hay, 19, Terre Haute, was arrested at his residence without incident June 5, and taken to the Vigo County Jail. He was charged with one count of Possession of a Destructive Device (a class C felony). The warrant was from Vigo County Court Division 3 with his bond set at $30,000, 10 percent acceptable.
ISP Sgt. Joe Watts told The Brazil Times information from the case has led investigators to determine no one was in immediate danger regarding the situation.
The investigation began May 23, when ISP detectives began receiving information from confidential sources that Freeman was allegedly planning on obtaining a "bomb."
Further investigation by detectives led them to Freeman's residence May 24, where they located the suspected device.
The device was oval shaped, constructed of metal and plastic materials, approximately 8-by-5 inches, with an internal explosive powder charge and metal fragmentation affixed to the exterior.
ISP officials were called to the scene as Hazardous Device Technicians for the Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Team. The group utilized X-ray to determine the device's contents and then rendered the device safe at the scene.
As of Wednesday, Freeman was still being housed at CCJC on a $10,000 bond, no 10 percent acceptable.
The case was investigated by ISP detectives and members of the Clay County Probation Office.