A Fort Hood soldier is in serious trouble as police say they found a pipe bomb and bomb-making materials inside his Copperas Cove home.
He is identified as Jason Alan Garthwaite, Sr. Ft. Hood officials tell us he is assigned to the third brigade combat team, first cavalry division. He was arrested yesterday, on 9-11.
Garthwaite made an initial appearance here in federal court a couple hours ago. He was in his army fatigues and his hands and waist were chained. He answered some of the judge's questions, other than that he remained quiet. According to investigators, he had the plans for something violent.
Neighbors along this street in Copperas Cove say police and federal agents have been in and out of this pink brick home the past two days. The occupants, they say are fort hood soldier Jason Garthwaite Senior and his wife.
Police say Garthwaite's wife went to the police department Tuesday afternoon after her husband sent her a text message to remove a bag from the home. She felt it was suspicious.
At the time, Garthwaite was alone with their son. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, investigators located the following items on the property: A gym bag containing eight galvanized metal pipes with galvanized end caps and three canisters of gun powder, a homemade anti-personnel device and the components to manufacture several more anti-personnel devices.
The find, prompted officers to evacuate nearby homes for more than eight hours.
On the federal complaint, ATF investigators say they found text messages Garthwaite sent to his wife describing the components to build the anti-personnel device, constructing the device, and the design and function.
The very next day, September 11, Garthwaite was arrested and charged with prohibited weapon and abandoning or endangering a child. He now faces federal charges. He has been appointed an attorney.
This is a photo of Garthwaite from his Facebook page. It's dated 2010. Ft. Hood officials tell us he was assigned to the third brigade combat team, first cavalry division. On his Facebook page, he lists that his is from Milford, Delaware.
Garthwaite is being held without bond. If convicted of the federal offense, he faces up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine. His next hearing has been set for Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.