Man Arrested In Local Bomb Scare Remains Jailed

COPPERAS COVE (September 12, 2013)—Jason Alan Garthwaite, Sr., who was arrested after police and bomb squad officers recovered suspicious devices from him Copperas Cove home Tuesday, was ordered to remain in jail after appearing in federal magistrate’s court on Thursday afternoon in Waco.

The image from the camera on a robot that was used to inspect the interior of the house before bomb squad members entered.

Garthwaite, a Fort Hood soldier, was charged in a federal affidavit with possession of a destructive device.

Garthwaite initially was held in the Coryell County Jail Wednesday in lieu of a $150,000 bond, charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and abandoning or endangering a child after a Fort Hood bomb squad removed what police described only as "suspicious items" from a house in a Copperas Cove neighborhood.

During the Thursday hearing federal prosecutors presented an affidavit that said Copperas Cove police, assisted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists from Fort Hood, found components of a destructive device inside a home in a residential neighborhood.

The items found included: "eight galvanized metal pipes that varied in length from four to eight inches by 1.5 inches in diameter," the affidavit said.

"Attached to the pipes were two galvanized end caps per pipe.

"The pipes were stored in a blue and black canvas gym bag," the affidavit said.

"The bags also contained three canisters of Pyrodez powder, for a total weight of three pounds," according to the affidavit.

"In addition to the pipes and powder, investigators found a homemade anti-personnel device and the components to manufacture several more anti-personnel devices," the affidavit said.

The affidavit also outlines forensic investigation of a cell phone that investigators say Garthwaite used to communicate with his wife about buying the components of the explosive devices and detailed how they would work.

The texts also instructed the wife to hide the components because Garthwaite felt he was soon to be interviewed by law enforcement officers.

Officers were sent at around 8 p.m. Tuesday to the home in the 400 block of South 7th in Copperas Cove in response to a report about "suspicious items" inside the house.

Police requested a bomb squad to help secure and remove the unspecified items.

Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

A robot was used to inspect the home before the members of the squad entered.

The house was first cleared at around 2 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Police returned at about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the address on South 7th St. for a second night and recovered a suspicious item that later was deemed non-hazardous.

No further details were released about the second incident.

Garthwaite, of Milford, Del., is a specialist assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Hood said.