Morris County Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Explosives, Firearms
A Roxbury (Morris County) man admitted in federal court that he detonated a homemade bomb and illegally owned firearms. Christopher Faschan, 31, pleaded guilty on August 21 to unlawful possession of destructive devices and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Faschan drove to the home of a coworker in Byram (Sussex County) on February 1 and showed that individual’s wife a homemade explosive device. He left the residence following their interaction and detonated the device at a nearby lake. While the victim and other residents near the lake heard the explosion, nobody was injured. Faschan admitted to law enforcement on February 4 that he ignited that bomb and made several others in his home. Authorities found explosive devices and precursor materials, firearms, ammunition, and high-capacity magazines in a search of his home. Faschan faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for November 25.
Rifles, Ammo Found at Home of California Man Suspected of Threatening Hotel
Authorities seized a cache of guns and ammunition (pictured) from the Huntington Beach, California, home of a man accused of threatening a mass shooting at a hotel where he worked as a cook. Police arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, after they said management at the Long Beach Marriott hotel reported that a colleague heard him discuss plans to shoot coworkers and guests. An assault rifle and 38 high-capacity magazines, both illegal to possess in California, as well as several other firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and tactical gear were found in a search of his home. Police said Montoya was upset about human resources issues, and they credited the concerned coworker who alerted management. “This incident is an excellent example of the ‘See Something, Say Something’ philosophy and how critical it is to report suspicious activity to law enforcement,” Long Beach Police Department Chief Robert Luna said in a statement. Montoya is charged with manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon, and making a criminal threat.
Chicago Man Accused of Threatening to Kill People at Abortion Clinic
A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested after authorities said he threatened violence on social media toward an abortion clinic. Farhan Sheikh was charged on August 19 with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. According to prosecutors, he used the social media platform iFunny on August 13 to express his anger toward Illinois for its abortion laws and “allowing innocrnt [sic] kids to be slaughtered for the so called ‘womans right’ [expletive].” A complaint stated Sheikh later posted his intention to visit the clinic, which is about 4 miles from his home, on August 23 and “proceed to slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor I see in the area and I will not back down.” Sheikh also directed a message to FBI agents that his iFunny account was not satirical and he would carry out what was posted, according to the complaint. He is accused of referencing an Ohio man, Justin Olsen, who was recently charged on accusations he posted threats via iFunny that targeted federal law enforcement and praised mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood. A total of 25 firearms and about 10,000 rounds of ammunition were found at Olsen’s home. Sheikh faces up to five years in prison if convicted.