Texas man arrested, charged for attempting to purchase explosives to burn car and building
Fourth Estate Staff
Harris County, TX, United States (4E) – A Texas man was arrested after he tried to purchase explosives with an intent to burn a car and an apartment.
The man, 50-year-old Cary Lee Ogborn , reportedly tried to purchase dynamites, grenades, and wireless transmitters. The boat repairman was investigated and monitored by federal authorities last month. He is alleged of accessing an underground marketplace for illegal goods and tried to busy the explosives for the purpose of injury or destruction of property.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement, “Cary Lee Ogborn is charged with attempting to transport explosives with the intent that those explosives be used to kill, injure, or intimidate any individual or to damage or destroy a vehicle or building. He was arrested late Friday after picking up a package he believed contained such explosives.”
It is believed that Ogborn started to go into the underground marketplace since late August. He used the username “boatmanstv” for the marketplace AlphaBay . AlphaBay reportedly uses onion routing to conceal the IP addresses of users. Ogborn then started to coordinated with an undercover FBI agent. He reportedly sent this message, “Dont need big explosion just need to make sure building 20 ft x 40 ft made of wood burns to the ground.” He explained that he was to put explosives under a structure being used as someone’s apartment.
Ogborn also said that the person will not be in the apartment and he does not want to kill anyone because he just wants to send a message.
FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said in a statement that terrorism is something that people do not want to be reactive since the goal is to detect and deter events before they occur.
The motives of Ogborn remain unknown by the authorities. He had his initial court appearance on Monday and is due back in court this Wednesday for the probable cause and detention hearing. If convicted, he will face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.