DETROIT (AP) -- A Michigan man with a history of bizarre rants and threats against the FBI was charged Thursday with trying to use an explosive to damage a federal building in downtown Detroit, authorities said.
Gary Mikulich, 42, is accused of leaving a metal cash box containing explosive components outside the McNamara Building, which houses the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, immigration court and other agencies. A tool bag holding the box was discovered on Feb. 26 and brought inside the building, but it sat for 20 days before authorities destroyed it last week, the FBI said in a court filing.
The exploded materials included pieces of PVC pipe, a timer and black electrical tape, agent Mark Davidson wrote.
Mikulich lives in Kingsford in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, about 500 miles northwest of Detroit. He was arrested Thursday and is due in federal court Friday in Marquette, also in the Upper Peninsula.
An attorney has not been assigned.
In an affidavit, the FBI said Mikulich has a history of threatening to harm agents. Iron Mountain police told the FBI that it has received strange faxes from him blaming the government for his father's death.
According to the affidavit, Mikulich has complained to the police about the FBI and a so-called "card system" more than a dozen times since January. The complaints claim that the "card system" has "led to the murder of thousands of people and has attacked him."
A Feb. 11 fax read: "This card system is going berserk for some reason. They are making threates of hitting the local police, sheriff's office, and state police. They are threatening to murder me too."
Mikulich referred to himself as "President Mikulich" and the "nominated president of the United States of America," the FBI said.
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