MIAMI, OK — Police arrested an Illinois man after they discovered bomb-making materials and notes about destroying 48 area churches, according to an arrest affidavit.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, was charged Friday with possession of an explosive or incendiary devise and violation of the Oklahoma anti-terrorism Act.
Weiler was being held without bail in the Ottawa County jail.
Miami Police Chief George Haralson said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading the investigation.
Haralson said the targets were churches in Ottawa County.
“There are no further threats to the Miami churches or churches in the area,” Haralson said.
Miami police found detailed maps and torn-up pieces of paper in Weiler's motel room, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Ottawa County District Court.
The pieces of paper, when reassembled, were handwritten notes detailing a recipe for making Molotov cocktails and a list of 48 churches, the affidavit states.
The notes also included a hand-drawn map of the churches with a key detailing how many nights the congregations meet and how many people attend, the affidavit states.
Police also found a journal in the motel room.
One entry read, “Self Promote for the next 4 years while beginning list of goals written out in Oklahoma having to do with destroying and removing church buildings from U.S. a tiny bit at a time — setting foundation for the years to follow,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Police found a green military bag in a trash bin at the motel. The bag contained 50 brown glass bottles with gray duct tape attached and a funnel.
An unopened bottle of lighter fluid was found in the bin, and a 5-gallon red gas can was located nearby, the affidavit states.
In the motel room, police found receipts for those items and an empty 20-count case of beer, the affidavit states.
Tom Crowley, an ATF spokesman, said federal charges likely will be filed.