Airman accused of building bombs in Shiloh home to appear in court

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 4:53 PM

(KMOV) – The airman accused of building bombs inside his Shiloh home is scheduled to be arraigned during a bond hearing in court on Monday.

Senior Airman Justin Vangilder will appear in court on three counts of possessing unregistered destructive devices. He could face up to 30 years in prison.

Federal officials said they responded to Vangilder's home at 10 Twin Oaks Drive around 2 p.m. Thursday after getting tipped off about a bomb threat.

According to authorities’ documents, numerous FBI officials, Shiloh police officers and bomb-detecting robots went into the home and found three pipe bombs made of metal and PVC pipes that contained powder, fuses and shrapnel. Police said they also discovered propane tanks and baggies full of shells, razors and other materials near his home.

Police were tipped off to the home after a witness went to Scott Air Force Base and told officials he had been in Vangilder's home on Wednesday and saw the bomb materials.

The witness said Vangilder allegedly told him he wanted to, “inflict as many casualties as possible.” The witness also said the suspect told him he was suicidal and the pipe bombs were a last resort.

Authorities said Vangilder allegedly told the witness he had a fantasy of killing child molesters and had detailed personal information on sex offenders in the area.

However, US Attorney Steve Wigginton said it is unclear exactly what Vangilder planned to do with the bombs, but it wasn’t good.

“I believe his intentions were evil,” Wigginton said, “I believe you would not go about building these devices designed simply to maim or kill with good intentions.”

SAB officials confirmed Vangilder is an airman at the base.

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