- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 8, 2006

5:52 p.m.

RIVERDALE, Md. - A man who’s been charged with making a bomb that he planned to use on an abortion clinic reportedly also planned to use a gun in the attack.

Court documents show that 25-year-old Robert Weiler Junior of Forestville told authorities that he would use a handgun he stole from a friend to “shoot doctors who provided abortions.”

Mr. Weiler was arrested early this morning in Garrett County after some of his friends tipped authorities off about the planned attack. He told authorities that he made the bomb and had a gun he planned to use in the attack.

Bomb technicians were working on the bomb in a friend’s Riverdale house when it went off. No one was injured, but the house was set on fire.

Mr. Weiler has been charged in federal court with making a destructive device and possessing an illegal handgun. He’s being held at the Garrett County Detention Center.

Mr. Weiler had earlier stolen money from his parents and told friends that he had a gun and bomb for his attack, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms affidavit. Last night, some of those friends revealed his plans to the ATF and Prince George’s County police.

After Mr. Weiler called the ATF later that night, Maryland state troopers arrested him without incident. In his car was the handgun and a magazine with ammunition.

While being questioned by troopers and the ATF, Mr. Weiler said he had built a pipe bomb and placed it in the closet of the Riverdale house. The device was made of a pipe, black powder, nails and seven feet of fuse.

The bomb exploded as fire officials tried to disable it around 3:30 a.m. this morning, and set fire to the top floor of the home. Damage was set at $20,000.

Police also discovered Mr. Weiler was convicted in 2003 in Utah for obstructing police, according to the affidavit. It is unclear what his punishment was for that conviction.

Mr. Weiler was charged today with possessing an illegal explosive device, making an illegal explosive device, illegally possessing a firearm with a prior felony conviction and possessing a stolen firearm. He is expected to appear in federal court tomorrow.

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