Oct 10, 2018, 5:55 PM ET

NY man built 200-pound bomb to detonate on Election Day: Feds

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Federal authorities have arrested a New York man on charges of unlawfully manufacturing an explosive device, after they say he constructed a 200-pound bomb which he intended to detonate on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Election Day next month.

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Paul Rosenfeld, 56, was arrested in Rockland County after authorities got a tip from an unidentified individual in Pennsylvania that Rosenfeld was allegedly communicating with about his plot.

Sources familiar with the case told ABC News that Rosenfeld, who allegedly constructed the bomb in Rockland County, wanted to kill himself in the process of detonating it.

Letters and text messages that Rosenfeld allegedly sent to the Pennsylvania tipster detailed his plot, authorities said in a criminal complaint.

PHOTO: Investigators examine a scene in Rockland County, New York.ABC News
Investigators examine a scene in Rockland County, New York.

"Rosenfeld's letters and text messages stated, in substance and in part, that he intended to 1) build an explosive device; 2) transport the explosive device to Washington D.C.; and 3) detonate this explosive device on November 6, 2018, on the National Mall in Washington D.C."

Rosenfeld adheres to an ideology called Sortition, which advocates that government officials should be selected by lottery rather than popular vote, according to the complaint.

He was arrested on Tuesday in Tappan, New York, by FBI agents and local authorities, according to the complaint. Armed with a search warrant, FBI bomb technicians discovered and removed a plywood box filled with eight pounds of gunpowder.

Rosenfeld had previously constructed several smaller explosive devices for practice, according to the complaint.

Rosenfeld was scheduled to appear in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear whether Rosenfeld had retained an attorney or been assigned a federal public defender.

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  • Smedley D Butler

    The nut jobs crawl out of their hidey-holes...

  • notorious

    Rosenfeld?

  • bb1040

    I can not believe the people who plan something like this and then tell other people about it........I would think the last thing you would do is tell somebody else about what you plan to do.........Like they said below "His elevator doesn't quite reach the top floor." That is how almost every one of these nuts get caught, and yes that is a good thing.......But what about that one out there that doesn't tell anybody ? That is the one we really have to look out for....the smart nutcase ....who keeps everything to himself and tells nobody....

  • FasterBadger

    His elevator doesn't quite reach the top floor.

  • Baa

    You know most people reading this article didn't care that he was building a bomb, all they wanted to know was he a democrat or republican. Both sides were disappointed to find out he is a Sortitionist.

  • JuPMod

    Really? This guy and his group support electing politicians through a *lottery*? Great way to allow a chance for extreme far-right or far-left radicals to get into office. No thank you.

  • SnoopyDog

    So he wants to put everyone's name into a hat and just have a drawing???

  • reality25

    "Rosenfeld adheres to an ideology called Sortition, which advocates that government officials should be selected by lottery rather than popular vote, according to the complaint."
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    "Sortition"? That must be a new version or branch of "radical Islamic terrorism".