18 felony charges loom for bomb suspect

Published 10:13 am Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A 47-year-old Rose Creek man was charged with 18 felony counts Tuesday after local authorities found nine pipe bombs and other weapons in his home last week.

Kevin Duane Reed was charged with 10 counts of possessing an explosive device with a previous violent crime conviction — for Reed, that came in 1984 in Freeborn County for burglary. The counts cover the nine pipe bombs, as well as a tenth incendiary device — described in a criminal complaint as a “blasting cap” — recovered from his 100 Fourth St. SW home.

The complaint states that at least one of the bombs was “fully fused and armed” and that materials found in the home were consistent with the manufacturing of explosive devices.

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Reed was also charged with seven counts of illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon, as authorities seized seven guns and a 43-ounce container of gunpowder from the residence.

In custody on $1 million bail, Reed is scheduled for arraignment June 10.

Mower County sheriff’s deputies first got a tip about Reed last Wednesday from a relative, who said Reed had 14 bricks of explosives in the home. The relative added that Reed had become “very paranoid,” the complaint states.

On Thursday, authorities went to Reed’s home at around 7:30 p.m. Reed admitted to authorities that he owned several firearms, though he said they were kept in storage. He said he planned on giving the weapons to his 19-year-old son, who also lived at the residence, according to the complaint.

Reed, however, denied possessing any explosive devices. After evacuating 10 nearby homes, the Bloomington, Minn., Bomb Squad searched the residence and recovered the pipe bombs. The explosives were safely detonated in a nearby field, and the last of the evacuees were allowed to re-enter their homes at around 1 a.m. Friday.

During the search, authorities also recovered bomb-making literature, a trunk containing shrapnel, mercury, wire and a timer, and various other chemicals and bomb-related items.

The complaint does not indicate a motive, and Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said at this time it is unclear what the man’s intentions were with the bombs and other weapons.

If convicted, Reed could face up to 20 years in prison.