PHOENIX — A man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device
outside an Arizona Social Security Administration office was ordered Wednesday
to remain held pending a preliminary hearing set for next week.
Authorities say Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 47, had researched bomb-making
materials and gathered chemicals before detonating a small explosive outside the
office building in Casa Grande last week. No one was injured in the blast, and
authorities say the damage was minimal.
Aldosary is charged with maliciously damaging federal property by means of
explosives and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He appeared in shackles Wednesday in federal court in Phoenix, where a judge
appointed a public defender and set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on any aspect of the case,
including a potential motive. Aldosary’s lawyer also declined to comment, and
messages left at Aldosary’s home haven’t been returned.
According to a criminal complaint, authorities executing a search warrant at
Aldosary’s home in nearby Coolidge found documents explaining how to build a
bomb hidden behind a picture. The papers included explanations of what specific
chemicals to use, such as ammonium nitrate, the same type of fertilizer Timothy
McVeigh used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
Handwritten notes found in the house read, “Materials Needed,” according to
Aldosary also sought information on how to create an explosive material known
as RDX, “considered one of the most powerful of the military high explosives,”
the complaint read. “RDX is believed to have been used in many bomb plots,
including terrorist plots.”
Authorities said they seized a handgun and rifle at the suspect’s home, along
with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and several gallons of chemicals that
could be used to make a bomb.
They tracked him down after witnesses reported his license plate on a vehicle
seen fleeing the site of Friday’s blast, according to the complaint.
Aldosary pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony aggravated harassment charges in
Maricopa County. He was sentenced to two months in jail and three years of
probation, but his probation was revoked a year later and he was ordered to
serve a year in prison.