The investigation revealed that the explosive device was likely a type of pipe bomb containing shrapnel.
BALTIMORE — Federal charges have been filed against a Chesterland man for his role in a bombing that took place in Maryland last year.
A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging 30-year-old Clayton Alexander McCoy with transporting explosives with intent to injure and with using, carrying, or possessing a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence.
The bombing occurred in Manchester, Maryland on October 30, 2020.
McCoy was taken into custody on Wednesday in Chesterland and will have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Friday. He will be transported to Maryland for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore at a later date.
Officials say on October 30, 2020, a victim in Maryland sustained serious injuries and burns consistent with an explosion after opening a package. Another resident of the home found the package, which was addressed to the victim, on the front porch of the home that morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. At approximately 5:30 p.m., the victim returned home and saw the cardboard box that was addressed to him. He opened the cardboard box and observed a smaller white box with a red ribbon inside. The victim took both boxes into his bedroom to open in private. According to the victim, as he opened the smaller white box, a small nail that appeared to be inserted into the white box was pulled outward. When he removed the nail, the victim heard a whistling or hissing sound followed by an explosion.
The victim was struck in the front of his body by shrapnel and sustained injuries to his chest, legs, and front of body. He was hospitalized for injuries caused by the shrapnel and explosion for several weeks and is continuing with rehabilitation. Investigation revealed that the explosive device was likely a type of pipe bomb containing shrapnel.
As the investigation continued, the victim’s girlfriend told law enforcement officials that she had been friends with McCoy for approximately seven years. The victim, his girlfriend, and McCoy were all friends through their participation in Dagorhir, a live action role-playing battle game with full contact melee fighting and ranged combat as its primary focus. Sometime in early October 2020, McCoy told the victim’s girlfriend that he had feelings for her. She advised McCoy that she did not feel the same way and that she was in a relationship with the victim. She and McCoy agreed to remain friends.
Search warrants obtained by law enforcement found that in the very early morning of October 30, 2020, McCoy allegedly searched for and obtained directions to the victim’s home address. McCoy’s cell phone then allegedly traveled from his home to the victim’s home, and a pickup truck, similar to a pickup truck registered to McCoy’s mother, was seen in front of the victim’s home and was depicted on home security video taken that day from a neighbor’s security camera.
In addition, a review of McCoy’s online accounts revealed that a week before that the bombing, McCoy allegedly searched for the gas tank capacity of a 1994 Toyota pickup, the same make and year of the pickup truck registered to McCoy’s mother.
If convicted, McCoy faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for transporting explosives with intent to injure and a mandatory minimum of 30 years and a maximum of life in federal prison for using, carrying, or possession of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence.