MUNCIE, Ind. – A man from Muncie arrested on Friday on explosives charges told police he made three “makeshift grenades for anarchist cookbooks”.
Giovanni Jaquel Rembert, 28, was still being held in Delaware County Jail Monday on a $ 90,000 cash bond, on a preliminary charge of three counts of possession of a construction machine, a felony of level 2 punishable by 30 years in prison.
City police were called to a building in the 3300 block of West Noel Drive on Friday afternoon after the three devices were found, in a backpack, in the basement of the building.
Rembert, who lived at that address, told Deputy Police Chief Chris Deegan he made the devices “a long time ago.”
In a subsequent interview with a city police detective, Rembert said he made the devices “for self-defense” and his goal was to “kill someone before they can kill them” .
âºA man from Muncie arrested as part of an investigation into “dangerous devices”
The Muncie man said he was aware of several people who “may be trying to harm him”.
He also said he believed “shrapnel and bullets would have gone everywhere” if he had ignited one of the devices, which he called “makeshift grenades for anarchists”.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department demining team were called to the scene and disabled the devices before moving them to another location.
Federal agents were also notified and took part in the ensuing investigation.
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Douglas Walker is a reporter for the Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected]
This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Muncie man detained in explosive probe said he made “cookbook grenades”