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Posted: 3/29/2006 9:52:31 AM EST
Charges mount on suspect in bombings

By Matt Breslow
Staff Writer

Published March 29 2006

NORWALK -- A string of portable-toilet explosions in Weston and a Friday blast at a vacant Norwalk building brought new charges yesterday for a suspected serial bomber.

Bruce Forest, 49, of 10 Spring Valley Road, Weston, who has been jailed since his Friday arrest in a separate Weston bombing, was charged in four new cases and arraigned for the second straight day at state Superior Court.

Federal authorities are interested in Forest and placed a detainer on him, Bail Commissioner Alphah East said during yesterday's hearing. That means Forest, who was held overnight at Bridgeport Correctional Center, can be released only to federal custody.

Norwalk officials said Monday the FBI was involved in the investigation because Forest is accused of detonating more than one bomb and the crimes could meet the federal threshold of committing an act of terrorism.

No injuries have been reported in the bombings.

Redding police expected to have arrest warrant applications for Forest finished yesterday in the recent explosions of a portable toilet and a road sign. Weston police said they are working with authorities on unsolved incidents in other Connecticut towns but would not be more specific.

Police yesterday charged Forest in three portable-toilet explosions in Weston and a Friday blast he allegedly created by firing an assault rifle at a homemade bomb at Norwalk's former Fitch School.

Judge William Holden set bond at $1 million in each of Forest's new cases, bringing the total to $6 million for the Internet piracy expert, who has reportedly produced and mixed tracks for star singers.

Arguing for a lower bond, defense attorney Richard Kascak of Trumbull said his client suffers from migraines, anxiety and high blood pressure.

"He's not well," Kascak said.

He said Forest has a wife and children and no criminal record.

But Assistant State's Attorney Robert Hall Jr. said Forest confessed to the Norwalk bombing, indicating he wanted to dispose of the explosive Tannerite in a manner that wasn't ecologically harmful. The afternoon blast occurred in a residential neighborhood, at a former school adjacent to a playground, Hall said.

Norwalk police have said Forest placed a 1-pound homemade bomb at an entrance to the vacant Strawberry Hill Avenue building, which also served as a former nursing home, that is to be razed for a housing development.

Forest returned to his silver 2004 BMW -- parked in a driveway about 120 feet away -- and detonated the explosive by firing an AR-15 assault rifle at it, police said. Witnesses described his car after the blast, which occurred at about 4 p.m., officials said.

Forest was arrested Friday night in his driveway after allegedly setting off an explosion at an abandoned service station on Georgetown Road in Weston. Police said they saw him driving from the scene.

In addition to charging Forest with bomb-making and weapons violations Monday, Weston police arrested him and charged him with making a false report Feb. 8 about a masked person firing a rifle at him at his home. Police said they seized numerous guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from the home.

Forest was arraigned Monday in the Norwalk courthouse in connection with the explosion Friday in Weston. He was held Monday on a $2 million bond after being charged with manufacture of bombs, possession of a dangerous weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, third-degree arson, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree trespass and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the Weston explosion.

The $2 million bond covered the charge for falsely reporting the Feb. 8 incident at his home.

Yesterday, Weston police charged Forest in three nighttime explosions of portable toilets.

The blasts occurred Oct. 6, Jan. 19 and Feb. 22, along Route 53, Weston police Detective Carl Filsinger said. He said the toilets were close to the road and shrapnel from the blasts could have killed someone.

Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs yesterday said arrest warrant applications for Forest would be finished by the end of the day. Redding is seeking to charge Forest with blowing up a portable toilet Feb. 21 and a road sign -- which marked the entrance to the town -- March 20, Fuchs said. He said both explosions occurred at night along Route 53, near the Weston border.

Norwalk police yesterday charged Forest with crimes including bomb-making, arson, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses. Weston police yesterday charged him with crimes including arson and weapons offenses.

Forest's cases were transferred to state Superior Court Part A in Stamford, which handles more serious crimes. His next court date is April 11.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:56:23 AM EST
You know, all it takes these days is one dumbass...
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:59:53 AM EST

Originally Posted By rnewberry:
You know, all it takes these days is one dumbass...

Hope he wasn't a member here.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:03:55 AM EST

WTF is wrong with the people on this site?

There goes another freedom.

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:07:23 AM EST
Nice work Forest!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:10:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:11:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/29/2006 10:11:39 AM EST by 04hemi]
Stupid is as stupid does Forest!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:41:33 AM EST
Can we suppose the ATF will go to Tannerite and check their records to see who else purchased from them?
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:42:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By johnrj:
Can we suppose the ATF will go to Tannerite and check their records to see who else purchased from them?

probably already did
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:46:37 AM EST
Fucking Nimrod!


Link Posted: 3/29/2006 10:57:57 AM EST
Yea, this guy is a major fuck up. So by him being charged with bomb making does that mean that possession of tannerite implies intent, or is tannerite illegal in his area.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 11:05:19 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 12:35:37 PM EST

Nicely done!!

Every think, just for a second, he thought "Is this a really good idea?"
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 12:57:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By bwyatt:
So by him being charged with bomb making does that mean that possession of tannerite implies intent, or is tannerite illegal in his area.

Probably not. A farmer could go buy some dynamite to blast stumps on the farm without legal problems. If he takes that dynamite and goes around town blowing up toilets and abandoned schools, he going to have a problem.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 1:02:50 PM EST
tag. For fucks sake. moron.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 7:01:50 PM EST
This is not good!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 7:05:10 PM EST
Fucking idiot.
Link Posted: 4/7/2006 5:31:25 AM EST
any new news?
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