Fort Hood Soldier Charged In Attempt To Sell Stolen Explosive

(December 19, 2013) Fort Hood soldier Tyler Glen Patrick, 23, remained in federal custody Thursday after his arrest in connection with what prosecutors said was an attempt to sell a stolen 1.25-pound block of C-4 explosive.

Tyler Glen Patrick (Jail photo)

Patrick is charged with possession and transportation of stolen explosive material, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez said Thursday.

He was arrested Tuesday in Copperas Cove following an attempt to sell the C-4, which was taken after a field exercise at Fort Hood, authorities said.

The criminal complaint was unsealed Thursday.

Patrick is held in the McLennan County Jail, according to online records.

The offense carries a possible sentence of as much as 10 years in federal prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.

The FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the case, authorities said.

C-4 is a stable and moldable plastic explosive that usually can be set off only by the combination of extreme heat and a shock wave produced by a detonator.

A 1.25-pound block, which is a standard military issue, could kill several people.