Police: Man planned to blow up officers with armed mannequins

Man Accused of Plotting Assault on Police Officers With Armed Mannequins

MARLBORO TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) -- Police say they believe they stopped a man's plot to blow up officers using armed mannequins.

Video obtained by the Fox 8 I-Team shows the man, Timothy Ward, 51, posing with the mannequins. Police have several videos that Ward posted online with the mannequins.

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"We received a tip earlier this month that he was planning to have armed mannequins injure officers and blow up the station," Marlboro Township Police Chief Ronald DeVies said, Wednesday.

The chief said after receiving the tip he contacted the county prosecutor's office and the FBI.
"It's bizarre activity. He was looking to wage war," DeVies said. "I mean he wanted to terrorize with the use of explosives."

The FBI and local agencies began investigating Ward and on Tuesday they searched his home and his father's house. The chief said agents confiscated several pieces of evidence.

"It's my understanding, what I was told by the FBI, that they did find components for bomb making, but not the complete bombs," the chief said. "There was components missing to make them complete."

Ward was arrested on two counts of retaliation and a weapons charge.

According to court records, he was arraigned in Alliance Municipal Court Wednesday and is being held in the Stark County Jail on a $1 million bond. He is due back in court in July.

Ward had been arrested in 2008 after police say he tied up his then wife. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Police say Ward was released from community supervision last year, and they learned he had had recently stopped taking his medication.

The case remains under investigation.

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