DETROIT (AP) — A 63-year-old Southern California man who had explosives in his vehicle was arrested outside one of the nation’s largest mosques in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, authorities in Michigan said.

Dearborn police said Roger Stockham was arraigned Wednesday on one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possessing explosives with an unlawful intent. Stockham had a large but undisclosed quantity of class-C fireworks including M-80s, which are outlawed in Michigan, Chief Ronald Haddad said.

“I was comfortable with the fact that we had taken him off the street — he isn’t going anywhere,” Haddad told The Associated Press Sunday afternoon. “I think the society he wanted to impact is safe.” Haddad said Stockham was arrested Monday evening without incident in the parking lot of Islamic Center of America, while a large group was gathered inside. He said police received a 911 call from a resident.

Haddad said authorities believe Stockham was acting alone but still take him “very seriously.” He said Stockham has “a long history of anti-government activities,” though he declined to elaborate.

The chief said he called the mosque leader, Imam Hassan al-Qazwini, early Tuesday to let him know of the arrest, and later met with Qazwini and mosque board members. He said members shared concerns about copycat crimes if the arrest was publicized, and Haddad said he understood.

“We never want to put something out there that gives someone the ‘how-to,”‘ Haddad said.

Qazwini informed worshippers about the incident during his sermon on Friday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter issued a news release Saturday night and the police followed Sunday morning.

Stockham remained jailed Sunday on a $500,000 bond. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Friday.

Police didn’t know whether Stockham had an attorney. A public records search did not turn up a listed number for Stockham, though Haddad said he lives in Imperial Beach, near San Diego.

Dearborn, located about 10 miles west of Detroit, is the capital of the Detroit area’s Arab-American community, which is one of the largest in the U.S.

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Comments (14)
  1. I told you so says:

    These people are scary, and America will end up in disaray and over taken.

    1. James says:

      Who are “these people” to whom you refer? The man who committed this crime wasn’t an Arab, if that’s the assumption you’re making.

  2. Iolanthe says:

    Gee, I bet he wasn’t a Leftist Progressive Liberal, or a member of any of the other groups the right-wing “pundits” (i.e. very handsomely paid liars) like Beck & Limbaugh constantly scapegoat and demonize.

    1. Onclewillie says:

      He had fireworks. Nothing but silly fireworks. The possession of those fireworks is illegal in that state but they would not have “blown up” anything. It wasn’t dynamite or a truck load of ammonia nitrate. Is real crime is the phone threat. Wow!!! Obvious that a threat with no real ability to carry that out is far worse than all those beheadings done by Muslims.

      The folks that are blowing things up are Muslim. It is not scapegoating or demonizing to tell the truth. You weird liberals need to learn the difference.

    2. Campbell says:

      “Handsomely paid liars?”

      Well, I guess that depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is, if you want to discuss handsomely paid liars>.

  3. T says:

    Imperial Beach? That’s odd. I always considered that city pretty laid back. Guess that’s what I get for generalizing..

  4. john wayne says:

    Yeah I guess with all the cut backs and recession we have to use firecrackers now. What a joke the media gets in a big frenzy over simple m-80’s. Watch your kids with squirt find this summer they might cause a tsunami…

  5. zztop2 says:

    It’s the chicken little syndrome. The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Remember that?

  6. cfp says:

    What in the heck does the photo included with this story have to do with the subject of this story? How hard did the AP have to bend over backwards to, in some inexplicably warped and thoroughly inappropriate way, include “killed by an Israeli attack” in a story that in absolutely no way has ANY relationship to the country of Israel. This is an event in the United States, the perpetrator is an American and is not Jewish. They even mention the number of dead “13” in the alleged attack that was ALLEGEDLY in Lebanon in 2006, that’s right 2006. This type of inane, inaccurate and vicious “reporting ” is unacceptable in the honest forum of ideas and jouralism. It is a complete disgrace to the Associated Press and it is PROOF that the AP is not an objective reporter of the news but rather has revealed it’s self as a willful purveyor of hate and misrepresentation in order to advance their agenda.

  7. metoo says:

    This is ridiculous reporting. The guy had fireworks, yet the headline would lead you to believe the guy was a legitimate threat to blow up a mosqe.

    I am removing the kcal/cbs link from my lineup, had enough of this deceptive headlines

  8. Rudi says:

    Another terrorist the right will have to distance themselves from.

  9. HollywoodSaint says:

    just a fellow californian speading the muslim extremist love

  10. la82 says:

    This is ridiculous. We need to get these immigrants out of our country now. First the nut who massacred all those people in Arizona, then the nut who killed her two teenage kids for “mouthing off”, now this! America isn’t safe with these foreigners running around… wait a minute!!!!!!!!!

  11. titleman12 says:

    Here is the video from the Imam of the Islamic Center of America addressing the Friday congregation…

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