Suspect in custody for explosive devices on the Ohio River has already been in trouble with authorities

MARIETTA, OH (WOWK) – Further information has been discovered in connection with the wave of unexploded bombs found on boats along the Ohio River. So far, one person is in custody in connection with the discovery.

Nathan Becker is indicted for the crimes in federal court, but he is no stranger to local law enforcement. Becker was arrested for a commercial traffic shutdown by Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies in February 2020.

“When the officer approached the vehicle, Mr. Becker got out of his vehicle and eventually pulled out some bladed weapons. And basically make comments that he wanted to kill himself by a police officer and then got back into his car and a chase ensued, ”Lt. Eric Hunter said.

Becker then spent 208 days in jail before being released and agreeing to undergo a drug rehab program. He is now the prime suspect in dropping several destructive devices onto tugs from bridges along the Ohio River.

“It’s common to see repeat offenders when it comes to crimes, which is why we have a recidivism rate that they monitor. However, I didn’t really see it coming from him making or making his own explosives, ”Hunter added.

According to the affidavit, investigators were able to obtain surveillance footage of Becker in a Lowe’s in Marietta shopping for items designed to create the bombs.

Members of the Marietta community find it difficult to understand the situation.

“I’m a little surprised because it’s like a small hometown and it’s a little surprised because nothing is really going on here,” said Melissa Standish, who lives in Marietta.

Another resident, Tyler Kramer, said: “I don’t know what makes someone make a homemade bomb and decide to walk over a bridge and throw it on a barge. “

There is no word on Becker’s motive for creating the destructive devices at the moment, the investigation is ongoing.

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