NY man arrested in alleged Election Day bomb plot


<pFederal authorities have arrested a New York man on charges of unlawfully manufacturing an explosive device, after they say he constructed a 200-pound bomb which he intended to detonate on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Election Day next month.

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Add New York as an interest to stay up to date on the latest New York news, video, and analysis from ABC News.New YorkAdd Interest<pPaul Rosenfeld, 56, was arrested in Rockland County after authorities got a tip from an unidentified individual in Pennsylvania that Rosenfeld was allegedly communicating with about his plot.

<pSources familiar with the case told ABC News that Rosenfeld, who allegedly constructed the bomb in Rockland County, wanted to kill himself in the process of detonating it.

<pLetters and text messages that Rosenfeld allegedly sent to the Pennsylvania tipster detailed his plot, authorities said in a criminal complaint.


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<p"Rosenfeld's letters and text messages stated, in substance and in part, that he intended to 1) build an explosive device; 2) transport the explosive device to Washington D.C.; and 3) detonate this explosive device on November 6, 2018, on the National Mall in Washington D.C."

<pRosenfeld adheres to an ideology called Sortition, which advocates that government officials should be selected by lottery rather than popular vote, according to the complaint.


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<pHe was arrested on Tuesday in Tappan, New York, by FBI agents and local authorities, according to the complaint. Armed with a search warrant, FBI bomb technicians discovered and removed a plywood box filled with eight pounds of gunpowder.

<pRosenfeld had previously constructed several smaller explosive devices for practice, according to the complaint.

<pRosenfeld was scheduled to appear in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday.

<pIt was not immediately clear whether Rosenfeld had retained an attorney or been assigned a federal public defender.