Bomb material results in charges

Published 7:01 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Fresh details were revealed Monday as part of a bond hearing for Paul Longoria, the Carrollton resident accused of possessing bomb-making materials.

Longoria’s arrest stemmed from a July 31 search by the FBI, which was investigating a threatening post against an unnamed school on an Internet chat board, according to Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney Georgette Phillips. 

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The threat included mention of an AR-15, which the suspect admitted to owning during an interview with local investigators prior to the FBI raid, according to Phillips. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

The FBI had traced the IP address of the computer used in making the threat to Longoria’s home in the 22000 block of Graystone Drive in Eagle Harbor, according to Phillips. 

Also found in the home during the July 31 search were bomb making materials, to include multiple sections of pipe, wire, triggers and other electronic components, as well as multiple chemicals, according to an arrest warrant from the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office. 

The items were found in the garage and an upstairs bedroom that belonged to Longoria, according to the arrest warrant. Longoria lived with his parents at the home. 

During interviews with investigators, members of the household said they had purchased 19 pounds of gunpowder for reloading ammunition, but had not used it for that purpose, according to the warrant. 

Longoria told investigators that he routinely uses chemicals and batteries for a number of purposes, to include art and business ventures, according to the warrant. 

Longoria, 32, was subsequently arrested last week by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office and charged with a possessing the bomb-making materials, a felony.

As of Monday, Joshua Stueve with the U.S. Attorney’s Office had no comment on whether or not Longoria will face federal charges. 

Longoria was denied bond during the hearing Aug. 6 in Isle of Wight Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. That court was used based on availability only, said Phillips. 

Longoria is scheduled for his next court appearance Aug. 15 in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court.  {/mprestriction}