A Wright State graduate and Indiana resident is being held on $1 million bond after investigators said they found 48 bombs in his car during a traffic stop on Interstate 70.
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, of Moores Hill, Ind., is in the Tri-County Jail in Mechanicsburg on a second-degree felony charge of illegal manufacture or processing of explosives. His arrest stems from a traffic stop initiated by Trooper W. Scott Davis on westbound I-70 near mile marker 85 in Madison County on New Year’s Day.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Boguslawski’s white Dodge station wagon was clocked at 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.
When Davis approached the vehicle, he asked Boguslawski if he had any weapons, to which he replied, “no.” However, when Davis walked back to the vehicle with a ticket, he noticed the butt of a gun tucked between Boguslawski’s legs, said Lt. Marty Fellure, commander of the West Jefferson patrol post.
“At that time he called for back-up and held the suspect at gunpoint, which is typical if we observe a weapon in the vehicle,” Fellure said. “We began the search since it was our traffic stop, (and) as the troopers were in the vehicle, they saw other devices they weren’t familiar with.”
The bomb squad was called, and the highway patrol was assisted by the Ohio Fire Marshal, U.S. division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Department of Justice. Inside the vehicle, authorities found 48 explosive devices and a remote detonator, two loaded guns and two loaded rifles, a computer, GPS, camera and facility blueprints. They also found materials to make explosives.
Fellure said he could not release what facility the blueprints were for but confirmed that Boguslawski was headed toward Indiana and that those blueprints could determine if Boguslawski will face state or federal charges.
“We don’t know what his intentions were and certainly that is what the investigation is going to reveal,” Fellure said. “This is just a great stop by the highway patrol, great stop for Trooper Davis to remove those kind of devices from the roadway and keep everybody safe.”
Boguslawski is a member of the Indiana National Guard and was previously a member of the Ohio National Guard, said Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree, a public affairs officer with the Indiana National Guard. From April 2007-2010 he worked as a groundskeeper at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana, which provides training for all military branches and first-responders. He then completed military intelligence training and was assigned as an intelligence analyst with a reconnaissance unit before transferring to the Indiana National Guard Medical Discharge Unit in November. His security clearance has been suspended pending the outcome of the case, Van Bree said.
In 2004, Boguslawski lived in Fairborn. He graduated from Wright State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, university officials confirmed.
He declined a jailhouse interview request from the newspaper. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Madison County Municipal Court on Friday.