Airman facing bomb charges appears before judge

November 1, 2013

Timothy Carey went before Judge Brad Leverett Thursday morning, Oct. 31, in the court room at the Jackson County Jail, where bail was increased to $75,000 from $50,000, according to the Jackson County Court Clerk’s office. During the initial hearing, a date was set for Carey to appear at a Preliminary Conference on Nov. 19. Representing the State, Assistant District Attorney Ken Darby was present. The defendant appeared without an attorney.

Carey, 26, an Altus Air Force Base Airman, was charged last Friday, Oct. 25, with one count of possessing a simulated bomb, and other bomb-making materials, with an intent to either intimidate or harm another person or to do damage to property. The felony charge carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Bond for Carey was set at $50,000 by Special District Judge Brad Leverett.

Carey was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 22, by Altus Police Department detectives and agents of the Altus AFB Office of Special Investigations.

Also assisting in the investigation was the FBI, OHP Bomb Squad, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement officers responded on Oct. 22 to reports that Carey had been talking around town about possessing bomb materials and the possibility of carrying out some type of attack.

Search warrants were served on Carey’s residence and a storage unit where items were found that could be used in the manufacture of a bomb or incendiary device.

Although no bomb was located, a piece of PVC pipe that resembled a common pipe bomb was confiscated, along with other components and materials that could be used to make a bomb.