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Kyle Druckemiller turned in for making pipe bombs

7:53 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) - How did a promising high school football player from Maryland end up being busted for building bombs?

Apparently, through the vigilance of one Germantown dad. And the arrested teen shares some striking similarities with the brothers known as the Boston Marathon bombers.

Like Tamarlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, 19-year-old Kyle Druckemiller found out how to build his bombs online.

We know now the impact of the Boston marathon bombing, 3 people dead, and more than 200 hurt, but we'll never know what kind of damage Druckemiller's bombs could have done, thanks to one eagle-eyed dad.

It was April 12, a few days before the Boston marathon bombing, that David Chreky of Germantown opened the duffel bag belonging to his daughter's boyfriend, 19-year-old Kyle Druckemiller, and found two pipe bombs and called police. The former athlete was arrested and is sitting in jail. Ramon Korionoff, of the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office says, "He faces 25 years in prison or $250,000 in fines."

A closer look at this former Seneca Valley High School football player on Twitter shows a portrait of a troubled young man who calls himself a Nazi leader.

He posted a cartoon that backs up that alleged belief depicting "Clifford the Big Red Dog as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Several pictures show him with a gun. Police say Chreky found a loaded gun in Druckemiller's coat on another recent visit. So, would this defendant have been a threat to society? He does share something with the Boston bombers, he shared on social media his alleged belief that 9/11 was an inside job.

Ray Locker is a terrorism expert and the Washington enterprise editor for USA Today. He says, "I'm surprised that more of these things don't happen, the technology exists to make pipe bombs, pipe bombs are very easy to make, the instructions are available for anybody curious enough to find them, in this case it's a testament to people being alert and notifying the authorities."

Druckemiller faces two counts of manufacturing and possessing destructive devices.

WUSA

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