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High bail set for man in guns, bombs case

- By Vanessa Arre­dondo Crime · Incidents · Napa, CA · Napa County · United States of America · Rogers · Joe Biden · Joe · Wofford, Kentucky

A Napa busi­ness­man was ac­cused of pos­sess­ing il­le­gal as­sault ri­fles, au­to­matic weapons and ex­plo­sives and was be­ing held on $5 mil­lion bail, Napa County Sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials said Sun­day as author­i­ties na­tion­wide re­mained on high alert for po­ten­tial po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated vi­o­lence in the wake of the Jan. 6 pro­Trump riot at the U.S. Capi­tol.

Ian Ben­jamin Rogers, 44, was be­ing held fol­low­ing his Fri­day arrest at the Napa County Depart­ment of Correction­s. He faces five felony charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of ma­te­ri­als to make a de­struc­tive de­vice, pos­ses­sion of an as­sault weapon and an un­reg­is­tered as­sault weapon, and pos­ses­sion and con­ver­sion of a firearm into a ma­chine gun, of­fi­cials said.

Asked whether the weapons were con­nected to planned pro­Trump protests at state capitols ahead of Joe Bi­den’s in­au­gu­ra­tion on Wed­nes­day, sher­iff ’s spokesman Henry Wof­ford said author­i­ties are “not rul­ing out any­thing.”

“Ob­vi­ously, there was a lot of gun­pow­der, which is part of mak­ing ma­te­rial and il­le­gal guns, but we’re still in the very early stages of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Wof­ford told The Chron­i­cle on Sun­day. “We don't want to cause any un­nec­es­sary panic, and we don't want to over­look any­thing, ei­ther.”

De­tec­tives shared the ev­i­dence with fed­eral and state author­i­ties “due to the na­ture of the crime.”

Law en­force­ment across the county has been on high alert since the FBI warned last week that more ex­trem­ist

demon­stra­tions were be­ing planned at state capitols af­ter a vi­o­lent pro­Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capi­tol.

Napa deputies ob­tained search war­rants for Rogers’ home and busi­ness af­ter re­ceiv­ing an anony­mous tip that he had sev­eral il­le­gal guns, the sher­iff ’s depart­ment said. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they found more than 50 guns, sev­eral of which were un­reg­is­tered or il­le­gal, more than 15,000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, and sev­eral pounds of gun­pow­der and bomb­mak­ing ma­te­ri­als at his res­i­dence.

Author­i­ties said they also found five pipe bombs in­side a safe at Rogers’ busi­ness, Bri­tish Auto Re­pair on Ac­tion Av­enue in Napa.

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