VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – State police say an Armstrong County man had two homemade bombs in his home when they went to arrest him on an unrelated warrant.
Online court records show 36-year-old Matt Strohm was awaiting arraignment Tuesday on charges of making weapons of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and reckless endangerment.
Troopers say they found the bombs early Monday in Strohm’s home in Bethel Township, Armstrong County.
According to state police, it all started when Strohm went to his parents’ house nearby, pointing a shotgun at his head and was threatening to take his own life. Plus, he reportedly had several grenades attached to his legs.
His parents called police, and when officers arrived at Strohm’s home, they say they found him armed.
Police say Strohm brandished a rifle and handgun when troopers arrived, so they called in a Special Emergency Response team, which is the state police version of a SWAT team.
Strohm surrendered, but police found weapons, ammunition and suspected bomb-making materials inside the residence.
Police say the bombs were made from powdered chocolate milk containers filled with ball bearings, nails and an unspecified explosive material, then wrapped with duct tape.
“The containers had duct tape on it,” said Trooper Dan Kesten, of Pennsylvania State Police. “Inside the container was suspected explosive material, along with nails and ball bearings.”
Court records don’t list a defense attorney for Strohm.
He’s being held in jail.
(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)