The Waltham High School security guard arrested with bomb-making items he allegedly stole from the school never made any specific threat to use the materials against anybody or a specific place, according to WBZ-TV.
Jesse Holland, 23, of Gardner, was arrested and charged on Feb. 27 with possession of a stun gun, possession of a class A drug and possession of an infernal machine (bomb-making materials). The suspect was arraigned in court on Feb. 27 and was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing, according to a joint press release from Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson.
Leominster Police Officer Shane Rodriguez, who arrested Holland, told WBZ-TV, “He expressed no intention or desire to use them on a specific location [or specific person]."
According to WHDH-TV, Holland told police he never planned to make a bomb and that he wanted to throw the materials in a fire pit and watch them react.
Also, police told WBZ-TV the materials -- iron, aluminum and a magnesium coil -- could be used to make what is known as a “thermite bomb” that burns hot chemical flames. Such bombs are depicted in YouTube videos.
Holland works for Command Security Corporation as the overnight guard at the school. Waltham Public Schools contract with the private firm for security services. School officials would not say whether Holland will be fired, according to WBZ-TV.
Holland admitted he stole the chemicals from the school using the keys to the building, according to police.
In addition to the bomb materials, police found painkillers in Holland’s car, for which he lacked a prescription, as well as a hatchet, a stun gun and a class A drug, according to WBZ-TV. They also found an emergency car battery.
Rodriguez told WBZ-TV he arrested Holland in the parking lot of a Barnes & Noble in Leominster as Holland was downloading a movie on the store’s wireless Internet connection.
According to WHDH-TV, the private security firm is in charge of doing background checks on employees it sends to schools. McCarthy told the station it was ultimately the school district's job to screen individuals working at the school.
Command Security could not be reached for comment.