Erik Rudolf Arnebold of Wilmington, NC is in jail under a $1.5 million dollar bond following his arrest on Wednesday on charges of weapons, explosives and drug possession.
Local police had been investigating Arnebold in a drug related case but called in the ATF, who recovered 24 pipe bombs from his home.
On Wednesday Police and ATF agents along with bomb squad personnel went to his home where two officers disguised as construction workers lured him outside of the home which had all of the windows boarded up and several security cameras, and arrested him before entering.
They say that one of the bombs was in plain sight outside of the home and 23 more were discovered under a trap door in the floor.
Police also found methamphetamine, a handgun, rifle and a large amount of ammunition inside the home along with materials commonly used in the construction of pipe bombs and drug paraphenalia.
For his part Arnebold claims that the methamphetamine which was found was “planted” by the police and that he knows nothing about it. He also says that he had no intention of using the explosives and had them only to be prepared for the “apocalypse” or in case he needed to defend himself against the government.
In an interview with Wilmington TV station WWAY from jail on Thursday Arnehold said of the pipe bombs, “They were this big,” holding his fingers up about 4 inches apart, “I mean they have to be made of something, if it’s cardboard it’s still a pipe.”
“It’s not like I was ever intending on using them unless they were ever needed. That’s what the whole second amendment is about, the right to bear arms if they’re ever needed and that’s where I feel this has all gone haywire. I mean they were drywalled into my house.”
His house according to investigators had been made into a fortress with the windows and doors barricaded.
Neighbors are glad that law enforcement has defused the situation and removed the threat from the neighborhood.
Neighbor Logan Davis said, “Anybody who has their windows boarded up you just kind of get a shaky feeling about.”
A similar sentiment was shared by Ashlyn Hooks who said, “Really it scares the living daylights out of me knowing that we lived so close to him that if anything would have went off it could have hurt any of us.”
Arnebold, still maintaining that the charges are overblown says, “If I would have had to use them, it would have been for survival, my curiosity got to me years ago when they were talking about that kind of stuff. This is what you get when you fear your government. Don’t put down your arms. Keep them up.”