Authorities: Man Arrested With Explosives At Michigan Mosque

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A 63-year-old Southern California man who had explosives in his vehicle was arrested outside one of the nation's largest mosques in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, authorities in Michigan said.

Dearborn police said Roger Stockham was arraigned Wednesday on one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possessing explosives with an unlawful intent. Stockham had a large but undisclosed quantity of class-C fireworks including M-80s, which are outlawed in Michigan, Chief Ronald Haddad said.

"I was comfortable with the fact that we had taken him off the street -- he isn't going anywhere," Haddad told The Associated Press Sunday afternoon. "I think the society he wanted to impact is safe."

Haddad said Stockham was arrested Monday evening without incident in the parking lot of Islamic Center of America, while a large group was gathered inside. He said police received a 911 call from a resident.

Haddad said authorities believe Stockham was acting alone but still take him "very seriously." He said Stockham has "a long history of anti-government activities," though he declined to elaborate.

Stockham remained jailed Sunday on a $500,000 bond. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Friday.

Police didn't know whether Stockham had an attorney. A public records search did not turn up a listed number for Stockham, though Haddad said he lives in Imperial Beach, near San Diego.

Dearborn, located about 10 miles west of Detroit, is the capital of the Detroit area's Arab-American community, which is one of the largest in the U.S.

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  • by Ornery Location: MI on Jan 31, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Smell that? It's a rat, maybe some BS mixed in. 1st - why is it every time this story is reported, they wait until the very end to tell you all he had wasc`common fire works? How come it's reported as 'Man Tries to blow up Mosque"? - did he actually TRY or just have desire and intent? He's a KOOK for sure, needs his head examined, but apparently not too capable of actually pulling it off. All he really did was create another chance for a news story sympathetic to islam. Also, why $500,000 bail for this guy who attempts to move the 4th of July up by 5 months, but only $15,000 bail for the punk kid who drove drunk and murdered 2 friends?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Thats just what we need! Some deraged fruitcake driving 3000 miles to MI to try to blow up a Islamic Center, and start a race war in Detroit. Been there done that. We don't need any more hatred, there is more than enough of it out in the world. Why is it impossible for man to live in PEACE??
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