STATE COLLEGE - A man has been jailed on charges that he planned to blow up his wife's lover with a remote-controlled pipe bomb, which prompted a six-hour evacuation of a central Pennsylvania neighborhood.
In a criminal complaint, police say they learned Frederick Rice, 53, of Harrisburg was fixated on his wife's suspected infidelity after someone tipped authorities off that Rice had a bomb in his vehicle while visiting a friend Tuesday in Ferguson Township in Centre County.
When township police found Rice at his friend's house, he acknowledged having the bomb and his plans for it, the complaint says.
"Rice went on to say that his plan was to attach the bomb to the paramour's vehicle and detonate the bomb via remote control once he knew the paramour was in the vehicle," police wrote in the complaint.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Rice. He was arraigned Wednesday on charges including manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction, possessing explosive or incendiary material, making offensive weapons and reckless endangerment.
Authorities say Rice told police the foot-long, 2-inch thick bomb was in his vehicle. He went to the police station while township officers called in experts from the state police and nearby Penn State University to defuse and remove the black powder bomb.
About 15 neighboring homes were evacuated from around 1 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, while the device was removed from Rice's vehicle.
The Penn State expert told police he had experience with bombs half the size of the one Rice built that were "capable of completely destroying a vehicle" that could "tear through the floor and roof if ... exploded inside a vehicle."
Rice remained in the Centre County Jail after the arraignment, unable to post $500,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 20.