Skip to comments.Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say
Posted on 01/25/2014 10:24:13 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
By Todd StarnesPublished January 25, 2014
A teenage Russian national was arrested late Friday on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, police in Altoona, Pa. said.
Blair County Prison confirmed to Fox News that Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, is in custody.
He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering another person, and several drug-related charges.
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The Altoona Police Department arrested a Penn State Altoona student living in the city on charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, as well as other charges, after investigating reports he was growing marijuana at his residence.
Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, of 118 N. 9th Ave. was arrested late Friday night, and police said they found a suspected bomb and other bomb-making materials inside a suitcase. Experts from the Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad safely deconstructed the suspected bomb, authorities said, adding that Miftakhov told investigators he purchased the materials on the Internet over the past several weeks.
Miftakhov is listed in the Penn State Altoona directory as an engineering major.
He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering another person, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Miftakhov was transported to Blair County Central Booking for arraignment.
Please see Sunday's Mirror for more details.
Is so, maybe my tax dollars paid for something worth while?
I'll be the kid was ratted out by his mother.
Just looking at the headline, do they mean he is here?
Can’t our government keep out foreign enemy combatants for $17 trillion in debt, 30-50% of our personal income?
Can’t the public get a clue that that’s the only real purpose of the government?
Whoever says NSA spying is good, needs to read this. The guy needs to be in Russia, as in never been here
Oh the stupidity
Bought the stuff off the internet. There’s your red flag!
Yes, he was taking classes at Penn State Altoona Campus.
Doubtful. According to local news, the "WMDs" were found by police "after investigating reports he was growing marijuana at his residence."
These days, pipe bombs = WMD’s.
“Weapon of mass destruction” could mean anything from a firecracker to a mini-nuke. I read the entire article twice, and they never explained what he had. What kind of weapon was it??
The deadliest WMD.
I’ve seen someone charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and it was a shotgun. Seriously.
Was he carrying birth control pills?
That's a crime?
Couldn't every obama voter be arrested for "risking a catastrophe"?
I agree. I wish federal government officials could end up in jail for letting the US be over-run by invaders.
If he was, this administration wouldn't have him arrested, they'd put him in PJs and have him shoot an ObamaCare commercial.
Putin testing defenses?
I was thinking the kid had built a device that would spread zits. He successfully tested it on himself and, once activated, would disable the entire twit world.
Please tell me that was a joke.
We let enemy combatants into our country.
We are so nice, we don’t want anyone to think we’re bigots. Our government does not take care of our own people, no answer to Ft Hood for years, Boston, Benghazi
The government takes care of enemies, lets people in to the country indiscriminately, and witholds money from conservatives, via the IRS, breaks contracts with its own military, and that’s fine with the American people.
When liberal parents neglect their own children while taking care of degenerates gains respect from neither
Our government agencies are like this now and they are so stupid they cannot be trusted spying on American citizens.
If the colleges and universities want the country to indiscriminately bring people in from known enemy foreign regions, why don’t they get their own country. This is the us. College students blow up the Boston marathon, not Harvard
Does this idiotic university have a ban on ROTC
It is getting bad- the attitude. There is an apathy that is not good
This is a small town satellite campus of Penn State University. It’s mostly a mom and pop U, where many of the students live at home and commute. I grew up not far from this campus.
According to his Facebook account he lived in California before he came to PSU Altoona and is originally from Moscow (not Chechnya or one of the ‘stans.)
I saw someone post somewhere that he was a liberal politically, not Muslim.
I doubt we’ll ever know much more about him.
He must of had a Suitcase nuke.
In the old days, a pipe bomb was called an infernal machine. Today it’s a Weapon of Mass Destruction — kind of like what we dropped on Nagasaki.
What state was that in?
His FB page says he’s a liberal and agnostic. Altoona is about 2 hours east of me. Not sure what his target was, but Horseshoe Curve is nearby...a major rail line.
I dont care what his deal is.
Student loans are financed by the government, now. The department of education, who also sets tuition rates and admissions policies they override border security, and immigration.
I don’t care about these foreign kids any more than they care about our country, and I don’t care about these colleges and tge towns tgey support any more than they care about billing our children debt of $20 g average on graduation. They are ripping our kids off and the Russians need to get back home pr to some other declining country who doesn’t take care of its own
Close the borders. Why is this so complicated?
It’s bigoted to protect our country, and we are supposed to pretend these people are interested in America’s success
Somewhere, McCain is working on getting this young man amnesty..I mean after all, these illegals are just nice people looking for the American dream right..right
A liberal..nah can’t be..liberals are all about tolerance and love LOL
Got caught because he broke more than one law at a time.
Tip: either make bombs and NOT grow pot, or grow pot and NOT make bombs.
“Russian National” doesn’t necessarily mean Russian.
The Tsarnaevs were “Russian Nationals” as well.
His Facebook page claims he is from Moscow.
If Bill Ayers had a son . . .
North Carolina General Statute § 14-288.8 provides that it is unlawful for any person
to manufacture, assemble, possess, store, transport, sell, offer to sell, purchase, offer to
purchase, deliver, give to another, or acquire any weapon of mass death and destruction.
A weapon of mass death and destruction includes:
bombs of all sorts;
rockets having a propellant charge of more than four (4) ounces;
a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter (1/4) ounce;
any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell of a type particularly suitable for sporting purposes) which will expel a projectile using an explosive, or other propellant, and which has a barrel with a bore of more than one-half (1/2) inch in diameter;
any firearm capable of fully automatic fire;
any shotgun with a barrel length less than eighteen (18) inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six (26) inches;
a rifle with a barrel length of less than sixteen (16) inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six (26) inches;
any muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not such firearm is included within this definition; and
any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting a device into any weapon described above, and from which a weapon of mass death and destruction may readily be assembled.
His name and appearance suggest he is Muslim, but not 100% sure.
His last name is Tatar. Tatars are Muslims.
That was my first thought, too. What is the definition of mass destruction? Is it 3 people or 30 or 300 or 3000? My definition is closer to the 3000 which would mean it was military grade and I highly doubt some pot smokin' teen would have anything like that stuffed into a bag.
Another question, is he really Chechen or at least have Chechen associations?
If a simple bomb is a WMD, then Bush found WMDs in Iraq by the thousands.
Interestingly he is being held in the county prison on only $500,000 bond. It sounds like he had a pipe bomb or two and they are “making a federal case out if it.” If this was a real WMD case wouldn’t he be held by the FBI without bond?
“ROTC at Penn State Altoona
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The Pennsylvania State University Army ROTC is ranked in the top 5% of the ROTC programs in the nation. The Nittany Lion Battalion is the largest program in the Eastern United States.”
Yeah, I kept looking for any mention of the FBI so there couldn’t have been a WMD. More lies from the polar vortex msm.
So I’m guessing he got stuck with :any shotgun with a barrel length less than eighteen (18) inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six (26) inches;
Well. OK, then.
It is not just the media - the govt uses the term loosely at times, too. It could be some kind of explosive, or it could be a science project. We have to wait until Sunday to read it in the Altoona Mirror ;)
Either/or? Good to know. My rule #1 for younger kid is that she’s not allowed to commit any felonies before noon.