Loewen to be arraigned Thursday

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) Authorities released more details from an investigation into an illegal pipe bomb.

    Zachary Loewen, 28, was named in an indictment for possession of an unregistered destructive device.  He was also charged ith making a destructive device and possession of an explosive as a convicted felon.

    US Attorneys said Loewen will appear in a federal court on October 25 at 11:30 am for arraignment.

    The indictment said, Loewen possessed and made the pipe bomb not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Records.  Loewen allegedly made attempts to purchase a firearm but was unsuccessful.  October 4, near Herring Cove Road, he allegedly attempted to ignite the bomb with a candlestick fuse but abandoned the plan after it failed to ignite.

    Loewen had two prior felony convictions in Washington state.

    If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison on each count and a fine of up to $250,000.

    The Sitka Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI all contributed to the investigation.



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