• September 2, 2014

Soldier texted wife to hide bombs

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:30 am

A Fort Hood solider currently facing federal explosives charges asked his wife to hide evidence, and showed an interest in “doomsday preparation” and anti-government conspiracy theories in the months leading up to his arrest, according to court documents released this week.

Spc. Jason Alan Garthwaite Sr., of Copperas Cove, was arrested in September after investigators found a bag containing pipe bombs and bomb-making materials at his residence.

Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office stated Garthwaite sent his wife text messages while he was at Fort Hood’s Criminal Investigation Division office on Sept. 10.

The court documents stated that in one of those messages, Garthwaite said something to the effect of: “If I send a text of 999 will you go to the garage and hide the blue bag, and take all the pyrodex out?”

Garthwaite’s wife went to the Copperas Cove Police Department and reported the texts.

When officers searched the bag, they found eight pipe bombs.

A search of the house by ATF agents and Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel revealed partially constructed pipe bombs.

They also found materials for a homemade anti-personnel mine, as well as materials and components to manufacture several more, the documents stated.

Garthwaite’s wife also told police her husband’s interest in“doomsday preparation” began about two months before his arrest.

She also said he “expressed anti-goverment and conspiracy theories” as well, and provided audio files, the documents stated.

Previous court filings stated that Garthwaite’s family members said he was suffering from “an increased level of distress in psychological issues” in the months prior to his arrest.

Garthwaite is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, namely a destructive device.

His next hearing is slated for today with a jury trial expected to start in February.

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