Pennsylvania man dropped explosives on ex-girlfriend’s property from a drone: prosecutors

Pennsylvania man dropped explosives on ex-girlfriend’s property from a drone: prosecutors

A man arrested in June for allegedly dropping explosive devices in an eastern Pennsylvania community via a drone was targeting his ex-girlfriend’s home, according to prosecutors.

Jason Muzzicato, 44, was taken into custody in Washington Township in Northampton County by the FBI and local authorities after he was linked to the explosions. Evidence at his home and his business, Bangor Motor Works, tied him to several explosions in the township since March.

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While his motive was initially unclear, prosecutors now say Muzzicato allegedly used a drone to drop explosive devices onto his ex-girlfriend’s property, WFMZ reported. He hasn’t been charged with detonating any explosives, but currently faces charges of knowingly operating an aircraft, the drone, without registration.

Jason Muzzicato, 44, allegedly used a drone to drop explosive devices on his ex-girlfriend’s property in Pennsylvania earlier this year, prosecutors said. (iStock)

Neighbor Charles Carcione, whose surveillance cameras caught at least one of the explosions, told the news outlet he thinks the explosive devices were filled with other dangerous materials.

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“One day, I was in the driveway doing something. All of a sudden, I heard them. It rained nails,” he said. “They came out of the sky. They dropped down from the sky. Nobody was around. Nobody went by and threw them. They dropped from the sky.”

The neighbor suspected it was Muzzicato. He claims he confronted him and asked him to stop, but the explosions got worse.

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Muzzicato was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in June for possession of homemade bombs and firearms. He wasn’t allowed to have firearms because of a Protection From Abuse order filed against him for by reasons of “stalking and threatening an intimate partner.”

“Protection From Abuse orders are meant to protect individuals before the situation escalates,” U.S. Attorney McSwain said in a news release earlier this year. “For good reasons, federal law prohibits subjects of PFA orders from possessing firearms. Here the defendant’s alleged behavior violated the law and threatened public safety.”

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Investigators found seven improvised explosive devices and nine firearms, including “multiple AR-15 rifles and semi-automatic pistols,” in Muzzicato’s possession.

Muzzicato’s attorney is reportedly looking into a plea agreement.


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