Straight out of the book of crazy, a former Elk Grove Village, Illinois man has been arrested after police in Miami, Okla., said they found his bomb-making materials and notes about destroying at least 48 area churches.
Authorities have charged 23-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II with possession of an explosive and violation of Oklahoma’s anti-terrorism law.
As reported by the Daily Herald:
Miami police said the targets were churches in Ottawa County and that there were no further threats. An arrest affidavit says Miami police found detailed maps and torn-up notes that included a list of 48 churches in Weiler’s motel room.
Police said empty bottles, duct tape and a gasoline can were found in the motel room.
It is unclear if Weiler has a lawyer.
FBI spokesman Rick Rains in Oklahoma City confirmed Saturday night the bureau has taken over investigation of the case, though Weiler is still being held by state authorities on local charges.
“We are not releasing anything further because our investigation is ongoing,” Rains said. “They have turned that investigation over to us. It’s certainly the norm that they would contact us. We’re trying to determine whether or not there’s federal violations.”
Miami police also found a journal in Weiler’s motel room. An entry read, “Self Promote for the next 4 years while beginning list of goals written out in Oklahoma having to do with destroying and removing church buildings from U.S. a tiny bit at a time — setting foundation for the years to follow,” according to the arrest affidavit.
It’s a good thing law enforcement stepped in when they did, as this situation could have turned deadly. Weiler is being held without bail at the Ottawa County Jail.
SOURCE: Daily Herald
Photo courtesy of Weiler family