TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Roommate: Penn State Altoona student from Russia set off bombs

Daily Photo Galleries

By From Wire Reports
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 8:09 p.m.
 

ALTOONA — The roommate of a Penn State student from Russia charged with building a suspected bomb in his bedroom says the 18-year-old recently set off three “mini-bombs” outside their apartment.

Andrew Leff told the Altoona Mirror that he had advised Vladislav Miftakhov to get rid of the bomb-making materials. He called Miftakhov a “dumb” and “crazy” kid who was bored and impulsive, but not dangerous.

“He was off the wall,” Leff said. “He's the weirdest human being I've ever met, to be honest.”

Miftakhov, a student at Penn State's satellite campus in Altoona, was in jail on Sunday after being arrested on Friday and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and several other drug and weapons counts, according to court records. The records did not list a lawyer for Miftakhov, who was being held on $500,000 bail.

No one answered a telephone call on Sunday to an address listed for Miftakhov in California.

In the affidavit, police said they were investigating a reported marijuana growing operation at Miftakhov's apartment reported by the landlord when they found a suitcase holding two containers with exposed fuses and other explosives-related materials. The devices were later dismantled by state troopers.

An Altoona police officer in the apartment asked Miftakhov what he was going to do with the devices and Miftakhov responded that he was going to “blow things up,” according to the affidavit. Later, under questioning at the police station, Miftakhov said he had experimented with the devices in California, but never in Pennsylvania, and he had not planned on blowing up anything, the affidavit said.

“Miftakhov stated his intent was to set the devices off in a remote field and did not intend on ‘blowing anything up,'” the affidavit said.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. 2 men held in fatal Mercer County mobile home heist
  2. Cop killer Abu-Jamal to speak by recording to Vermont school ceremonies
  3. Bishop mum on accused priest
  4. Judge OKs alternative for 2 turnpike corruption case defendants
  5. Police find pipe bombs in woods during manhunt for suspect in trooper ambush
  6. Cop killer to address college commencement
  7. Education top priority for Pa. voters, poll shows
  8. AP classes put college-bound students on fast track
  9. Teen charged in shooting death of man in Lawrence County
  10. Manhunt for trooper slaying suspect won’t keep deer hunters from woods in bow season
  11. Corbett to sign bill to help lower fatal overdoses
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.