MA man arrested after acquaintance reports -“Honest to God I think he’s gonna snap!”
Holliston, MA- An acquaintance of Joseph Garguilo told the FBI, “Honest to God I think he’s gonna snap,” which prompted a search warrant of Garguilo’s home and subsequent arrest on Friday. Authorities found 9 mm ammunition, which was a violation of a restraining order his ex-wife had filed. But that’s not all…
The FBI had been investigating Garguilo since July, after a tip came in online that said he was threatening to “plant bombs in police stations … and kill as many homeland security officers as he can before they kill him.”[Note -9 mm ammo was found, but no 9 mm firearm was listed. The parts for the AR-15 are just that, parts. An AR-15 generally uses either .223 or 5.56 NATO rounds.]
When federal agents searched Garguilo’s home, they said they found a “trove of weapons” that included components to build AR-15 rifles, ammunition, mace guns, knives and bomb-making materials. At the time, he was the subject of a restraining order prohibiting him from possessing such items. The order stated if he had such items “there is substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse…” Also, he did not have a firearms identification card, as required of gun owners in Massachusetts.
Officials also think Garguilo was stockpiling food and water as part of a plan that included a possible standoff with authorities. Handwritten notes threatening violence were also recovered.
Court documents stated that Mr. Garguilo threatened to “chain a mosque closed and burn it down” as well as stating that he should have killed President Obama while he was on the golf course at Martha’s Vineyard.
Joseph Garguilo is 40 years old. One of his neighbors describes him as a “bad dude.” He faces 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine if convicted of the ammunition charge.
Wednesday is his detention hearing in Boston. He appeared on Monday for the probable cause hearing, which was waived. His attorney, Mark Meehan, says his client is “distressed” over the accusations and denies making threats.