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Man with explosives in car tells police he likes ‘things that go boom’

Updated: June 9, 2013 6:26AM



A Crown Point area man was arrested after police found two explosive devices, police gear, a loaded handgun, handcuffs and a bullet proof vest in his Jeep.

Ryan M. Cohn, 26, of the 3600 block of West 123rd Place, was charged in Lake Superior Court with two counts of possession of a destructive device, resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor unlawful use of a police radio.

Cohn told police he was aware it was illegal to have explosive items in his vehicle. “I like things that go boom,” he said as to the reason why he had them, the probable cause affidavit states.

At about 10 p.m. Friday, police were called to check on a suspicious vehicle and person near 130th Avenue and Cedar Lake Road in Center Township. The officer saw a gray Jeep Cherokee speed from the parking lot of the Crown Point Church of God. The officer activated his lights and siren, and the Jeep took off, turned off its lights and sped through a subdivision, then turned onto Wallace Street and turned its lights back on. The Jeep stopped several blocks later at 121st Avenue and Wallace Street.

Cohn was wearing a shirt that read, “Jasper County Sheriff (Narcotics).” A loaded handgun was on the passenger seat, along with two sets of handcuffs, a portable police scanner, bullet proof vest with the word “police,” two armor “shock plates” which fit inside the vest, and two police badges, one that read “Deputy Sheriff” and the other “Schneider Police.”

Also in the passenger seat were what appeared to be two homemade explosive devices.

A police dog trained to detect explosives was called and indicated numerous times on the presence of explosives.

Capt. Larry Sheets with the Porter County police bomb unit, which was called to assist, described the explosive devices as one 6-inch cylinder item with a wick and a 4-inch cylinder item with a wick.

The individual who called police noticed a man wearing a black shirt with the word “sheriff” on it using a flashlight to look into windows of a white van parked in the church parking lot. The man followed the caller home and parked in a driveway south of the caller’s residence.

When asked about the police items, Cohn said he collects them as a hobby.



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