Police: Man plotted armed mannequin, bomb attack on officers

HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who allegedly plotted to attack an Ohio police station using armed mannequins and explosives has been arrested.

Fifty-one-year-old Timothy Ward was arrested Tuesday at his father’s home in Lake Township on weapons and retaliation charges. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Ward was accused in 2008 of tying his wife to a chair and threatening to kill her while he went off to fight demons. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was released from community supervision last year.

Police were notified in June by a former girlfriend that Ward was planning to use mannequins to shoot officers and blow up the police station in Marlboro Township, according to court documents. In response, federal and local law enforcement officials searched Ward’s and his father’s homes June 15.

Police Chief Ron Devies said the FBI told him they found bomb-making materials and weapons parts.

Authorities also said Ward, using the pseudonym “Joe Smith,” posted videos to YouTube that included artwork signed by “Comrade,” mannequins dressed in patriotic garb and Bible recitations by candlelight.

“It’s bizarre activity. He was looking to wage war,” Devies said. “I mean he wanted to terrorize with the use of explosives.”

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