Army veteran Roger Stockham is accused of packing the trunk of his car
with explosives and driving to one of the biggest mosques in America
with the intent of blowing it up. He was arrested last week outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn and is now in jail in Detroit on
charges of making a terrorist threat and possession of bombs with
unlawful intent, The Detroit News' Jennifer Chambers reports.
FBI is investigating the incident. Stockham, a sixty-three-year-old California native, wrote
an ominous note on his MySpace page, saying, "Happy with how much I've
lived. Ready for it to be over, but have a policy I contend with often:
So long as I am alive, I can't play dead." He also apparently made threats against the mosque while drinking in a Detroit bar; a bar employee followed him out and
wrote down his license plate, then calling the cops, who found
Stockham sitting in his car outside the Islamic center. Authorities kept
the arrest quiet until they were sure Stockham was acting alone. The explosives in
question appear to have been high-end fireworks, the super-powerful
kind that, Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly said, would cause "tremendous
harm" if used indoors.