A Houston man was arrested Friday and arraigned Monday on charges of attempting to “transport explosives for the purpose of injury or destruction of property.”
Cary Lee Ogborn, age 50, was taken into custody shortly after picking up a package that he expected to contain dynamite, a wireless detonator, and a grenade. According to investigators, Ogborn purchased the items from a vendor on the AlphaBay website who was actually working for the FBI.
In an affidavit read by Courthouse News, FBI special agent Matthew Stecher says that Ogborn wanted to terrify someone living in a small wooden apartment by igniting a gasoline bomb.
Yet amazingly, Ogborn isn’t even Muslim! Watch, via KHOU:
“The idea we have for this person is, while he sleeping we put grenade in back of truck and run to our car 20 or 30 meters away, then the truck blow up, he heres truck blow up and come outside while he outside we blow up house,” reads one badly-spelled message to the vendor from ‘boatmanstv,’ the account Ogborn used to make his purchase.
The complaint says that Ogborn had already spent some $15,000 in bitcoin through the website for various goods. Transcripts seen by Motherboard include a reference to a large past purchase of ecstasy.
Ogborn’s efforts to cover his tracks using encrypted software that masked his IP address failed to throw federal authorities off his trail.
Checking the post office box to which Ogborn had shipped his order, investigators from the FBI and Postal Service found that he had rented it using a fake driver’s license in the name of ‘Randy Smith.’
Upon receiving the package, Ogborn returned to his home and boat repair shop on Mayfair Street with it. Agents moved to arrest him after he opened the package about 40 minutes later.
According to the Houston Chronicle, this was hardly Ogborn’s first arrest.
In 2013, Ogborn pleaded guilty in Harris County to knowingly possessing illegal metal knuckles and served a 30-day jail sentence. That same year he pleaded guilty and served time in Montgomery County for illegal possession of a firearm.
Ogborn had prior convictions for driving with a suspended license and committing insurance fraud in 2004, and lying about a stolen car in 1996. He also served time for 1989 convictions for auto theft, and possession of cocaine and marijuana.
“Had no earthly idea the guy was even capable,” neighbor Charles Blair told KHOU News. “Something tells me sometimes to stay away from somebody, and it did, it did 100 percent.”
Federal prosecutors say that Ogborn faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000 upon conviction.
His arrest took place on the same weekend that Ahmed Rahami set off bombs in New Jersey and New York City before trying to shoot it out with police. Investigators are still trying to determine Rahami’s exact motivations and whether he had relationships to any Islamist groups.
Although Ogborn was apparently motivated by personal animus rather than ideology, his attempt to solicit bomb-making materials — and advice on their use — makes him at least as dangerous as Rahami.
Yet no one is asking where Ogborn was ‘radicalized’ or what country he came from. Would-be politicians are not proposing to end freedom of speech or halt all immigration in order to ‘protect’ America from others like him. Weird, right?Click here for reuse options!
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