A Pennsylvania man faces federal charges for allegedly using a drone to drop explosives on his ex-girlfriend’s home.
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.
According to a release from the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Jason Muzzicato illegally possessed seven improvised explosive devices, ten firearms “including multiple AR-15s,” and a Model Phantom 3 drone at the time of his arrest in early June. Prosecutors allege Muzzicato combined his homemade bombs with the drone in an unsuccessful attempt to rain terror from the sky.
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.
“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.
He was also allegedly using meth and allegedly operating the drone without registering it with the FAA, according to the new indictment.
Muzzicato has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, but Waldron told several reporters this week that he was exploring a plea deal with prosecutors.
Muzicato is scheduled to face trial on November 4. If convicted, he could face up to 33 years in prison and a $760,000 fine, according to McSwain’s office.