JERSEY CITY- Law enforcement officials clarified tonight details regarding the arrest of a local man who had materials that could be combined to make an explosive in his home.
Mykyta Panasenko, 27, Jersey City, appeared in court recently after he was charged with possession of destructive devices and creating a risk of widespread damage. A search of his residence led to the recovery of explosive components, according to Jersey City Police Officials. There were no completed explosive devices recovered during the search of his residence or any train, officials stated.
The Jersey City Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, the lead agency on the case, is working in conjunction with New Jersey Transit and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in the ongoing investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal and state agencies have been notified about the case.
Arrested on April 15, Panasenko is charged with two counts by JCPD, third and fourth degree crimes of possession of a destructive device and creating a risk of widespread damage, respectively. NJ Transit Police also Panasenko similarly. Due to the degree of the alleged crimes, Panasenko was charged on a summons complaint and released on his own recognizance.
There is no indication at this point of the investigation that he intended to detonate a device in his building or on the transit system. Police recovered components of an explosive device at his home, not a completed device. However, the investigation revealed that he did transport completed devices from his home at some point, officials said.
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