Plot to blow up KY National Guard center not credible - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Plot to blow up KY National Guard center not credible

(PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office) (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Justin Phillips (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office) Justin Phillips (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew Geohegan (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office) Matthew Geohegan (PHOTO: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
(PHOTO: Flickr/ Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office) (PHOTO: Flickr/ Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)
BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

An alleged plot to blow up the Kentucky Army National Guard Readiness Center in Burlington was possibly foiled after an anonymous tipster warned investigators.

According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW Investigates, the anonymous caller told detectives that Justin Phillips and a second man named "Matt" were planning to detonate an explosive device at the Readiness Center. 

A June 30 investigation ultimately concluded neither man was a credible threat. 

The unidentified man told the detectives that Phillips asked the anonymous caller to join his "resistance group." The caller added the suspects set off a test bomb last month and were subsequently arrested, documents show.

"We notified the readiness center. We notified the FBI and we started our own surveillance," said Boone County Sheriff Office's Public Information Officer, Tom Scheben. "We also put out an email through our department with what cars they drive, what cars we know that they drive and their pictures with that whole idea of extra patrols at the Readiness Center." 

On May 8, Phillips and Matthew Geohegan were arrested after Boone County Sheriff's deputies responded to Gunpowder Road after receiving several calls for a loud explosion. 

Court documents show that Phillips and Geohegan admitted to detonating a homemade bomb and smoking marijuana before setting off the device. 

Geohegan, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, criminal trespassing and public intoxication of a controlled substance. Phillips, 20, was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing. 

On June 30, the two men were confronted again by deputies at their homes. Deputies found black gunpowder to make explosive devices but after their investigation concluded neither of the men were credible threats.

Copyright 2015 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

    Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:39 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:39:20 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 2:20 AM EDT2018-07-18 06:20:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Fireworks are displayed before the MLB Home Run Derby, at Nationals Park, Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington. The 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Fireworks are displayed before the MLB Home Run Derby, at Nationals Park, Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington. The 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday.

    A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become.

    Full Story >

    A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become.

    Full Story >
  • Daycare provider who tried to hang toddler receives probation

    Daycare provider who tried to hang toddler receives probation

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-07-18 06:18:42 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-07-18 06:18:42 GMT
    A judge sentenced the woman to 10 years of probation, citing her poor mental health in the 2016 incident as a mitigating factor. (Source: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office/WCCO/CNN, File)A judge sentenced the woman to 10 years of probation, citing her poor mental health in the 2016 incident as a mitigating factor. (Source: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office/WCCO/CNN, File)

    A judge sentenced the woman to 10 years of probation, citing her poor mental health in the 2016 incident as a mitigating factor.

    Full Story >

    A judge sentenced the woman to 10 years of probation, citing her poor mental health in the 2016 incident as a mitigating factor.

    Full Story >
  • California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

    California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-07-17 06:42:05 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 2:11 AM EDT2018-07-18 06:11:57 GMT
    (Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018, photo posted on the Monterey County, Calif., Sheriff's Office Twitter feed, authorities tend to Angela Hernandez, foreground center, after she was rescued, in Morro Bay, Calif. A...(Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018, photo posted on the Monterey County, Calif., Sheriff's Office Twitter feed, authorities tend to Angela Hernandez, foreground center, after she was rescued, in Morro Bay, Calif. A...

    A 23-year-old woman survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach after she swerved to avoid a small animal while driving to her sister's house.

    Full Story >

    A 23-year-old woman survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach after she swerved to avoid a small animal while driving to her sister's house.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly