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Police find bomb-making materials in trooper shooting suspect's home

Posted February 27, 2013

— Authorities investigating the shooting of a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper last week found bomb-making materials in the Durham home of the man they've arrested in the case.

A Feb. 20 search warrant shows investigators seized PVC pipe, nails and other items from the apartment of Mikel Edward Brady, of 800 White Pine Drive, Apt. 1205.

In an earlier search of the home, according to the warrant, police found a digital camera with "clear pictures of instructions marked how to make bombs," as well as a large map of Durham on the bedroom wall with locations of police, fire and EMS stations marked.

After reviewing the photos with the FBI, they returned to the apartment specifically to look for materials used for bombs.

They also seized, according to the warrant, salt, a toolbox, a scale and items identified only as a "small black metal tube," "metal parts with hole drilled in center" and "reactive targets."

Brady, 23, is in the Durham County jail under an $8 million bond for the Feb. 18 shooting of state trooper Michael L. Potts during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 in Durham.

Authorities say Brady shot Potts from the driver's seat at an "extraordinarily close" range. Potts, who was released from a local hospital on Thursday, was hit in both of his hands, right shoulder and the right side of his face.

Brady fled the scene but was arrested the following morning on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Mikel Brady Warrant: Patrol shooting suspect had bomb-making materials

His pregnant girlfriend, Lyndsey Smith, 21, was arrested Feb. 20 on charges of accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon and harboring a fugitive. She is in jail under a $1.5 million bond.

The two moved to Durham two months ago from Vermont, where Brady had served 33 months in prison on numerous charges stemming from several burglaries and a home invasion.

Bill Soule, district manager for the probation and parole office that oversaw Brady's case, said he also served time in federal prison for possession of stolen explosives. The conviction stemmed from a dynamite theft at a local rock quarry in which Brady and three others tried to sell the dynamite for drugs.

Soule said Wednesday there was no other indication that Brady had a history with explosives and that he was surprised by the new accusation.

"He's a guy who was a burglar. The home invasion was the most serious offense here in Vermont," he said.

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  • slatesplace Mar 7, 11:01 a.m.

    This guy was probably recruited by extremeist Islamists while in prison in Vermont. I hope the bigger picture is being looked at. They need to go to the Vermont prison and see who this guy was associated with in prison and see if there are any ties that might lead us to other members of a cell. The fact that he fled to this area and then had bomb making instructions on a camera, as well as materials does not sound coincidental here. This seems to be organized. The question is by who and are there other associations involved. This guy could be a lead to something bigger, and somebody needs to do some real police work here. This is no time to be politically correct.

  • timexliving Feb 28, 5:39 p.m.

    "The NC WMD statute has been on the books defining saw off shotguns and the like since the 60's or maybe 70's. It is not an abuse of language or trump up charges, it is the statutes that have been on the book for decades." subanitov

    That may be true. My point that Iraq was littered with WMDs is also true. Bush was right for invading Iraq.

  • Common_Sensey Feb 28, 3:50 p.m.

    "IAK...please turn off your TV and do some research on 9/11. They attacked us because of our military base on their holy land. They told us that. Bush removed them. They didnt attack us because we are free and prosperous. 15 of the hijackers were Saudis"

    You're 100% right. But don't forget to add that we "armed" who/what would become the terrorists back in the 80's when they were fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. So in a way, 9/11 is a remnant of the Cold War.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Feb 28, 9:42 a.m.

    poltically motivated is slowly being removed from that defintion a terrorist. Now its anyone who does something that makes you nervous. -Crumps Br0ther

    Or kills people for no good reason.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 28, 9:02 a.m.

    "the term terrorism means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents"
    vinylcarwraps23

    poltically motivated is slowly being removed from that defintion a terrorist. Now its anyone who does something that makes you nervous.

  • Minarchist Feb 28, 8:45 a.m.

    The legal definition of "terrorist".......

    "the term terrorism means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents"

  • Minarchist Feb 28, 8:42 a.m.

    IAK...please turn off your TV and do some research on 9/11. They attacked us because of our military base on their holy land. They told us that. Bush removed them. They didnt attack us because we are free and prosperous. 15 of the hijackers were Saudi;s,.

  • Minarchist Feb 28, 8:39 a.m.

    I'd like to see a link on that, cause what political gain were the 9/11 terrorists planning on?

    Their only motive was to kill as many of us as they could and strike terror in the hearts of the rest of us.
    Iak Hsehpen
    February 27, 2013 5:54 p.m.
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    They told us. Remove our military base off the Saudi's holy land. Bush moved them right after 9/11. Thats pretty political.

  • subanitov Feb 28, 8:18 a.m.

    I believe the law now calls pipe bombs and the like as WMD. "It's an unfortunate abuse of the language. According to this definition, Bush was absolutely right to invade Iraq because WMDs killed and mamed thousands of our fighting men and women!" timexliving

    Actually the WMD statute in NC long pre-dates Iraq and George Bush. The NC WMD statute has been on the books defining saw off shotguns and the like since the 60's or maybe 70's. It is not an abuse of language or trump up charges, it is the statutes that have been on the book for decades.

  • autismawareness Feb 28, 8:01 a.m.

    whomever let this dude out of vermont, should now be sitting in a cell next to him.

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