Witness: Shiloh bomb suspect had "fantasy of killing child molesters"

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 9:15 PM

(KMOV) -- Authorities are still investigating possible motives for a man who was arrested after FBI investigators found explosives inside his home in Shiloh, Illinois, Thursday afternoon. 

Federal officials said they responded to Senior Airman Justin Vanglider’s home in the 10 block of Twin Oaks Drive around 2 p.m. after getting tipped off about a bomb threat.

Numerous FBI officials, Shiloh police officers and bomb-detecting robots went into Vanglider’s home and located explosive devices. They worked for about eight hours and eventually determined all potential explosive devices were safe.

According to authorities’ documents, investigators 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 Vanglider’s home on Wednesday and saw the bomb materials.

The witness said Vanglider 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 Vanglider 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 Vanglider 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 Vanglider is an airman at the base.

Vanglider is in federal custody after being charged by the FBI on three separate counts for each of the three bombs found. He will go before a judge Monday and could face up to 30 years in prison.

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