A West Virginia man faces charges of making terroristic threats after he allegedly made a suspected pipe bomb meant for his boss, authorities said.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by WOWK-TV, police in Cabell County arrested Timothy Ahler, 58, on Dec. 19 for allegedly constructing the device while at his job at Huntington Steel to “give” his work supervisor.
Officers responding to the business on Dec. 16 spoke with Ahler’s coworker, who claimed Ahler “became angry” at the supervisor for speaking with him about an unspecified incident that occurred during his shift at the plant, the complaint states.
The coworker said Ahler had previous “outbursts” on the job and had been reprimanded “numerous times,” allegedly including for threatening violence, according to the complaint.
The witness further claimed Ahler allegedly threatened to shoot another employee and the employee’s family for “talking to him like a child,” authorities wrote in the complaint, according to WOWK-TV.
Following the incident, the complaint states, the coworker alleged Ahler began welding “a square tub with a flat plate on one side” and asked about spark plugs that could “blow out windows when hit.”
Ahler then allegedly told the coworker he was “making a Christmas gift for his supervisor,” the complaint states.
The coworker said after Ahler’s shift there was what appeared to be a possible pipe bomb at his work station, according to the document.
Ahler was booked into the Western Regional jail on a $100,000 bond.
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