Homemade Bombs Found in Bethel Township Residence

October 1, 2016

A Bethel Township man who threatened his own life during the weekend faces serious charges after two suspected improvised explosive devices were found in his home early Monday morning.

Matt Strohm, 36 of Vandergrift, is charged with two felony counts of weapons of mass destruction, a felony count of causing or risking catastrophe and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.

The Pennsylvania State Police investigation began after Strohm allegedly placing a single-barrel shotgun in his mouth and grenades around his legs and told his parents about 9:30PM Sunday that he was going to kill himself.

Strohm left, but a few hours later, Police tried to get Strohm out of his Graham Road home, Trooper Dan Kesten described.

“Very early (Monday) morning, about 10 minutes after midnight, troopers responded to 1335 Graham Road, Bethel Township. When we arrived, the troopers were met by Mr. Strohm who brandished two firearms – one rifle, one handgun,” Trooper Kesten said.

Police corporals heard a gunshot about 10 minutes following their response before Strohm referred to Pennsylvania State Police as “ISIS” and that “there would be a death on their hands.”

Because of that, the State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) responded while there was a perimeter around the home near the Parks Township border to take Strohm into custody. Strohm was alone in the residence for about six hours.

According to the criminal complaint filed before Magisterial District Judge James Andring, troopers received a search warrant to enter the residence following his capture and found numerous firearms, ammunition and other surprises.

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