by Steven Ertelt
June 9, 2006
Baltimore, MD (LifeNews.com) — A Maryland man was arrested on Thursday who planned to use a homemade bomb to destroy a local abortion business. Robert Weiler, a 25 year-old from Forestville was arrested around 12:30 am Thursday at a Garrett County rest stop after he called police and told them what he planned to do.
Police went to the home of a friend where the bomb was located and it went off as they attempted to disabled it. No one was injured, but the house was set ablaze.
Weiler called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to admit he made the bomb and planned to use that and a gun in the attack. The target of his planned attack appeared to be Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic abortion business in Greenbelt, Maryland.
He was charged with four counts of making a destructive device and possessing an illegal handgun. The 25-year-old is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center, according to several news reports.
"The Prince George’s County Police Department received an anonymous call about 1 p.m. Wednesday, about a possible subject with illegal firearms," Mike Campbell of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told NBC News4 reporter Megan McGrath.
"The investigation led us to this residence and later on in the evening, we received information about a possible explosive device in that residence," Campbell said.
Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady told News4 that police notified the bomb squad about midnight.
"We responded and confirmed there was an explosive device in the closest of a bedroom of this two-story, single-family home," he said. "We went into render-safe operations, in which the bomb squad attempts to disrupt the package to remove all the components that make it operable."
Robert Weiler is scheduled to appear in federal court on June 12.