Man charged with plac­ing ex­plo­sives

Springfield Sun - - NEWS - By Os­car Gam­ble ogam­ble@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Ogam­ble_th on Twit­ter

CON­SHOHOCKEN >> A bor­ough man is fac­ing nu­mer­ous charges in­clud­ing un­law­ful pos­ses­sion or man­u­fac­ture of weapons of mass de­struc­tion af­ter he al­legedly placed home­made ex­plo­sives out­side of a bar he had been thrown out of.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­ness ac­counts in the ar­rest­ing af­fi­davit, 30-year-old Bernard John Kras­nisky of the first block of Maple Street was al­ready in­tox­i­cated when he en­tered Guppy’s Good Times at West Elm and Maple streets Thurs­day, May 11.

Around 10:30 p.m. po­lice re­ceived a call that a man, later iden­ti­fied as Kras­nisky, was “out of it” and kept try­ing to re-en­ter the es­tab­lish­ment af­ter be­ing shown the door for over-in­tox­i­ca­tion.

As po­lice were dis­patched to the scene, the caller added that sev­eral cus­tomers re­ported see­ing a man out­side the bar with a ri­fle. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers en­coun­tered Kras­nisky, who was re­port­edly un­steady on his feet and slur­ring his speech.

Wit­nesses told po­lice they saw Kras­nisky walk­ing in the area with a ri­fle un­der his arm. One wit­ness told of­fi­cers he was alarmed when he saw Kras­nisky “sur­rep­ti­tiously run­ning across Maple Street” with the firearm be­fore en­ter­ing a navy blue Jeep Chero­kee.

An of­fi­cer dis­cov­ered a ri­fle on the pas­sen­ger’s seat of a black Jeep Chero­kee parked in a lot across from the bar.

Po­lice were called back to the area around 8:30 a.m. Fri­day, May 12, for a re­port of sus­pi­cious items found nearby.

A per­son liv­ing near the bar found tubes con­nected to fuses, pow­der and ob­jects that looked like metal nuts.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­scribed the items as ap­pear­ing to be “a home­made bomb of some type.”

A “smoke bomb” type of fire­work re­sem­bling a grenade was also found at the scene.

The Mont­gomery County Bomb Unit was called in to se­cure the de­vices and a sher­iff’s of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tor de­ter­mined that the “home­made bombs” fit the de­scrip­tion out­lined in the weapons of mass de­struc­tion statute.

While se­cur­ing the area, an of­fi­cer spot­ted red fire­works in a yard near Kras­nisky’s res­i­dence.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ques­tioned Kras­nisky, who re­port­edly claimed he mod­i­fied the fire­works into ex­plo­sive de­vices for self-de­fense, af­ter he and his room­mates agreed that he should not carry a gun.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, Kras­nisky went on to tell de­tec­tives he was mad at Guppy’s per­son­nel for kick­ing him out and ad­mit­ted to point­ing a BB ri­fle at an em­ployee.

The af­fi­davit also states that Kras­nisky said he went home to re­trieve the ex­plo­sives af­ter he was ex­pelled from the bar and in­tended to scare the bouncer with them, but tossed them into a neigh­bor’s yard be­cause he knew po­lice had been called.

In ad­di­tion to charges of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion or man­u­fac­ture of weapons of mass de­struc­tion — a grade 2 felony — Kras­nisky has also been charged with caus­ing or risk­ing a catas­tro­phe, an ar­son-re­lated of­fense of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to use ex­plo­sive or in­cen­di­ary ma­te­ri­als or de­vices, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ter­ror­is­tic threats, pub­lic drunk­en­ness and dis­or­derly con­duct.

Kras­nisky was ar­raigned in dis­trict court and failed to post $50,000 bail, ac­cord­ing to court records.

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