Authorities have arrested 56-year-old Paul Rosenfeld on charges that he was building a 200-pound bomb, which he planned to detonate on Washington’s National Mall next month on Election Day.
Rosenfeld allegedly admitted in an interview with law enforcement agents that he purchased black powder online, transported it to New York and was building the bomb in his basement. Police later found the explosive device in the home, along with a “system built to trigger explosions in his home,” according to CNN.
Reports indicate that Rosenfeld may have been planning the attack in order to bring attention to a “political ideology called “sortition,” which “advocates the random selection of government officials.”
He has been charged with one count of unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and one count of interstate transport of an explosive. He faces 20 years in prison.