- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged an Elkins man with possessing stolen explosives that he planned to use to blow up a federal courthouse.

A witness told local and federal investigators that Jonathan Schrader, 30, “regularly espouses venomous anti-government, anti-law enforcement rhetoric,” FBI special agent Lawrence Quigley said in an affidavit filed Tuesday with a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

Schrader is charged in the complaint with possessing, concealing and storing 1½ blocks of M112 C4 plastic explosives that a juvenile friend had stolen from his father, who previously worked for the state road department. The witness, who was not identified, told investigators that he was worried about the juvenile, who was Schrader’s constant companion.

According to the witness, Schrader and another man frequently discussed their hatred of the government and talked about detonating plastic explosives in front of the Jennings Randolph Federal Center in Elkins. The men also discussed detonating the explosives at the annual Forest Festival in Elkins and blowing a hole in a wall of a local bank so they could steal money, the affidavit said.

The witness also said Schrader had planted a fake pipe bomb near the West Virginia State Police barracks in late 2014 to gauge the response times and methods of emergency crews and law enforcement.

The witness said he watched Schrader blow up a stump in Glady with the plastic explosives in 2014.

“Schrader then bragged that the C-4 would be worth $10,000 on the street,” Quigley wrote in the affidavit.

FBI agents obtained search warrants last week for Schrader’s residence and several outbuildings located on the same street behind a day care center. Schrader accompanied the agents to the outbuildings and showed them where the explosives were stored, Quigley’s affidavit said.

It’s unclear whether Schrader has an attorney.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull scheduled a detention hearing for Friday in Clarksburg. Kaull ordered Schrader to be held in the U.S. Marshals’ custody until the hearing.

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