Robert Ofcky, 54, is wanted by police and federal agents after hundreds of homemade dynamite sticks were discovered in his garage during a domestic disturbance call made to his LaPorte County, Indiana home. He is wanted by both local police and the federal agents, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana.
Here’s what you need to know about this alleged bomb-builder.
1. The ATF Is Running the Investigation
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now running the investigation because of the amount of explosives found in Ofcky’s home. Police wouldn’t disclose how much homemade dynamite was found, but it was enough to transfer control to ATF.
LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Detective Sgt. Ron Heeg told the Times of Northwest Indiana, “They are working on it with our investigators. That’s their specialty.”
2. His Wife, While Drunk, Showed Police the Bombs
According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, police arrived at Ofcky’s home on June 2 after a domestic disturbance was reported. Mellissa Waggoner, Ofcky’s wife, appeared to be drunk and told officers, “I’ll show you what he has been doing.” Waggoner brought the officers a box containing about 12 8-inch-long sticks of homemade dynamite. The Times reports there were about 50 more boxes stored in the couple’s two-car garage.
3. He Fled the Scene in a Gold Ford F150
According to WNDU, Ofcky fled the scene before officers entered his home. Cops say Ofcky drives a gold-colored Ford F150 pick up truck. The license plate number is unknown.
4. Police Were Clearing the Home of Explosives All Night
The Northwest Indiana Times reports police didn’t leave Ofcky’s home until 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday. According to police, the entrance to Ofcky’s kitchen was heavily barricaded, as that was where he handled the dynamite. His wife called the space his “preparatory room.”
5. Ofcky Has Been Arrested Before
Ofcky was arrested in 2008 on a battery charge that was dropped in 2010. He was also arrested in 2013 on a domestic battery charge. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 14 on a motion to dismiss the charge.