Federal charges filed against man who police say left homemade explosive devices in downtown area

UPDATE: Federal charges have been filed against a Pittsburgh man who authorities say left a backpack full of homemade explosive devices in a bush outside of a complex in the city’s downtown area. Matthew Michanowicz, 52, is charged by complaint with knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm, that is, a destructive device, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The count charged in the criminal complaint carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.Watch the latest report from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan who spoke with Pittsburgh Public Safety leaders on Friday about the investigation in the video player above. FRIDAY UPDATE: Michanowicz was back in the Allegheny County Jail on Friday night. He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies at his Duquesne Heights home around 10 p.m. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reported earlier that a judge had revoked his bond.PREVIOUS STORY: Bond has been revoked for a Pittsburgh man who authorities say left a backpack full of homemade explosive devices in a bush outside of a complex in the city’s downtown area, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has learned.Michanowicz was seen on surveillance video placing the military-style backpack at PNC Plaza on Sunday, authorities said. Police were notified about the backpack on Monday and found it contained makeshift explosives.Authorities spoke with Michanowicz, who told them he had gone to the area to see the property damage that occurred during Saturday’s protests. He denied any knowledge of the backpack, telling police that he had only picked up a paper bag in front of a bike rack and threw it into a trash can.When officers showed Michanowicz photos of him placing the backpack in the bushes, authorities said he confirmed he was the person in the photos but still denied having the backpack.Michanowicz was charged with three counts each of arson and possessing weapons of mass destruction. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan reports that bond was revoked for Michanowicz because “he was a danger to the community” and “needed a behavioral evaluation.”The ATF was at the scene of his home in Duquesne Heights Thursday night.On Friday afternoon, a statement was released confirmed they were serving a federal search warrant at the home.No further details about the search warrant were immediately available. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

UPDATE: Federal charges have been filed against a Pittsburgh man who authorities say left a backpack full of homemade explosive devices in a bush outside of a complex in the city’s downtown area.

Matthew Michanowicz, 52, is charged by complaint with knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm, that is, a destructive device, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

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The count charged in the criminal complaint carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Watch the latest report from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan who spoke with Pittsburgh Public Safety leaders on Friday about the investigation in the video player above.

FRIDAY UPDATE: Michanowicz was back in the Allegheny County Jail on Friday night. He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies at his Duquesne Heights home around 10 p.m. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reported earlier that a judge had revoked his bond.

PREVIOUS STORY: Bond has been revoked for a Pittsburgh man who authorities say left a backpack full of homemade explosive devices in a bush outside of a complex in the city’s downtown area, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has learned.

Michanowicz was seen on surveillance video placing the military-style backpack at PNC Plaza on Sunday, authorities said. Police were notified about the backpack on Monday and found it contained makeshift explosives.

Authorities spoke with Michanowicz, who told them he had gone to the area to see the property damage that occurred during Saturday’s protests. He denied any knowledge of the backpack, telling police that he had only picked up a paper bag in front of a bike rack and threw it into a trash can.

When officers showed Michanowicz photos of him placing the backpack in the bushes, authorities said he confirmed he was the person in the photos but still denied having the backpack.

Michanowicz was charged with three counts each of arson and possessing weapons of mass destruction.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan reports that bond was revoked for Michanowicz because “he was a danger to the community” and “needed a behavioral evaluation.”

The ATF was at the scene of his home in Duquesne Heights Thursday night.

On Friday afternoon, a statement was released confirmed they were serving a federal search warrant at the home.

No further details about the search warrant were immediately available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.