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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 20, 2018
Erica H. MacDonald
, United States Attorney

Federal Jury Finds Oklee Man Guilty of Possessing Unregistered Pipe Bombs

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the conviction of ERIC JAMES REINBOLD, 41, for illegally possessing unregistered pipe bombs. Following a three-day trial before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the jury found REINBOLD guilty of one count of possession of unregistered destructive devices. REINBOLD’S sentencing hearing is set for November 16, 2018.

“Given the dangerousness of the devices and the courage of the concerned citizens who discovered them and contacted law enforcement, we are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Allyn.

“Regardless of the intent of use, pipe bombs are illegal improvised explosive devices, bottom line,” said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kirk Howard, of the St. Paul Field Division. “We’re grateful that somebody took the initiative to report this, and we encourage anyone who comes into contact with dangerous, illegal improvised explosive devices to reach out to us. It could save people from getting hurt or killed. Our local law enforcement partners did a tremendous job during this investigation. Their work directly lead to today’s verdict.”

As proven at trial, on October 22, 2017, law enforcement received a report of possible pipe bombs and bomb making materials found on hunting land in Oklee, Minnesota. When law enforcement responded to the property, they found a plastic tote containing items that appeared to be destructive devices, specifically, pipe bombs. In addition to the pipe bombs, there were two jugs of gun powder, fuses, batteries, toggle switches, a Christmas tree light with cut wires, a kitchen timer, Nerf-gun bullets, and a receipt for the fuses containing REINBOLD’S name and address.

As proven at trial, on November 2, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at REINBOLD’S residence in Oklee. Officers recovered materials similar to those found on the hunting land, as well as a book entitled “Anarchist Cookbook,” and a notebook entitled “How one (1) person Can make a difference *Instruction Booklet at the HCU (homemade commando university),” which contained handwritten notes related to manufacturing pipe bombs, making homemade explosives, how to use pipe bombs, and diagrams of bombs that match the bombs found in the tote.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Red Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorneys Julie E. Allyn and Angela Munoz-Kaphing are prosecuting this case.


Defendant Information:


Oklee, Minn.


  •  Possession of unregistered destructive devices, 1 count





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