Abingdon, VA – A sexually-frustrated Virginia man blew off one of his hands and lost fingers on the other when he tried to make a bomb to target “hot cheerleaders.”
An affidavit filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) said that 23-year-old Cole Carini showed up at a hospital on June 3 and told hospital staff that he’d had an accident with his lawnmower, the Associated Press reported.
The FBI affidavit said Carini had blown off one of his hands, blown the fingers off his other hand, and sustained numerous other shrapnel wounds to his face, neck, and body.
The hospital reported the matter to the authorities and police went to search Carini’s property, the Associated Press reported.
The officers who searched the property found the lawn overgrown and no evidence that Carini had been mowing.
A further search turned up rusty nails, pipes and other explosive materials, as well as pieces of flesh, the Associated Press reported.
“Adjacent to the nails on the floor was a blistered plastic container. The top of the container had been peeled back in a manner consistent with an explosion,” FBI Special Agent Neil Schimke wrote in the affidavit.
“Near the blinds was a T-shirt with the same cut marks,” Agent Schimke continued. “On the ceiling above the plastic container was a red substance believed to be blood splattered on the ceiling, along with a skin colored chunk believed to be flesh.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Virginia said in a press release that police also found significant quantities of Triacetone Triperoxide, an explosive substance used when making improvised explosive devices.
Investigators also found parts of a scorched letter containing language about revenge against women, according to the Associated Press.
Cox Media reported that the letter found at Carini’s home contained the following statements:
“He casually walked through the shopping mall. His jacket concealed deadly objects.”
“He had … of tension that would come and go as he now approached the stage of hot cheerleaders.”
“Even if he died, this statement was worth it!”
“A dead seriousness sank in as he realized that he was truly passing the point of no return.”
“He decided, ‘I will not back down. I will not be afraid of the consequences, no matter what. I will be heroic. I will make a statement like Elliot Rodgers [sic] did,’ he thought to himself.”
Elliott Rodger killed himself and six other people, including two sorority girls, in Santa Barbara in 2014 and left behind a manifesto the justified violence against women for the men they reject as sexual partners, the Associated Press reported.
The FBI said the letter was found on the ground outside a red shed next door, behind Carini’s grandmother’s house, Cox Media reported.
Investigators found an assortment of bomb-making supplies inside the shed.
Nearby residents were evacuated and some were inconvenienced for multiple days by the lengthy investigation that ensued.
At the time of his arrest, Carini was on probation for a September conviction for making explosives, according to Cox Media.
Carini was arrested on June 4 and booked into the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
He has been charged with lying to law enforcement officials, Cox Media reported.