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Cleveland FBI: Bridge Bomb Plot Press Conference

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Published on May 1, 2012

05/01/2012

At a press conference on Tuesday morning, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cleveland office, discussed the events that led to five men being arrested for allegedly trying to blow up a bridge on the Brecksville, Sagamore Hills border.

According to Anthony, the men were, "Intent on conducting violence and destruction of property. These five self proclaimed anarchists conspired to develop multiple terror plots designed to negatively impact the Greater Cleveland area."

Dettelbach detailed the illegal acts the defendants, Brandon Baxter, 20; Anthony Hayne, 35; Joshua Stafford, 23; Connor Stevens, 20; and Douglas Wright, 26, allegedly took part in leading up to their arrests last night.

"The defendants went to the bridge to do recon. The defendants went to a hotel room to purchase what they thought were C4 plastic explosive devices," said Dettelbach. "The defendants went to the bridge last night. The defendants planted the explosives at the base of the bridge."

Officials with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park issued the following statement on the arrests: "As the FBI reported, the intent of the plot was to detonate explosives in attempt to damage the route 82 bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Agents from the FBI contacted National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers during the course of the investigation and the two agencies worked together to ensure park resources and park visitors were not at risk during the operation. At no time were the Brecksville Station or the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad considered targets for the plot."

Martin Flask, the director of Cleveland's Department of Public Safety, issued the following statement on behalf of Mayor Frank Jackson: "On behalf of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, I would like to express my appreciation to FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen D. Anthony and the Cleveland Office of the FBI for their diligence in identifying and exposing a potential threat to our community, and for keeping Cleveland's safety leadership informed on the progress of the investigation. The FBI has been an invaluable partner to our community and with their support we can continue to improve the quality of life for all those who live in, visit, or work in the City of Cleveland."

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