A 27-year-old Beaumont man is in jail after FBI agents found explosive devices in his Beaumont home on Thursday following a raid.
Mark Avery Rudd was arrested Friday and charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office...
A 27-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson.
Mark Avrey Rudd was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with possession of an unregistered destructive device.
Rudd appeared in federal court this afternoon on the charges.
According to information presented in court, on Feb. 8, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Rudd’s residence in the 4800 block of Belmont Street in Beaumont, Texas.
Inside the residence, investigators located a cooler in a hall closet containing two suspected destructive devices.
One was a 2-liter bottle filled with an unknown viscous liquid with wires extending from the top of the bottle.
One of the wires connected to an unknown device inside the liquid.
Because the device could not be safely identified, it was destroyed in accordance with safety procedures.
The second device was safely removed from the container and dismantled by federal agents.
The second device consisted of a bottle of match heads, a friction plate or strike pad, and a pyrotechnic device with a fuse, which was duct taped to bottles of butane and capsaicin dog repellant.
Inside Rudd’s bedroom investigators found match sticks with the red ignition material removed, two pyrotechnic devices, electronic rocker switches, an electronic timer with wires connected to a sensor, assorted wires, and various diameters of pipe, and a ballistic vest with a neck protector attachment.
Investigators also found a 21-page notebook with detailed writing on explosives and explosives construction. At the top of the first page was a handwritten note stating, “This is why you should not piss me off kabluey Chaos.”
If convicted, Rudd faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Beaumont Police Department, Beaumont Fire Department, and Beaumont Emergency Medical Services. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.It is important to note that a complaint, arrest, or indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.