Anaconda police say they found three explosive devices and several weapons in a home on East 3rd Street after arresting a man during a domestic disturbance call in August.
Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said officers responded to the home on the 500 block around 6 a.m. on Aug. 24 after receiving a frantic call from a woman who told dispatchers that a man inside the home had assaulted her, trashed the home and was then holding a gun and her baby in a bedroom.
When police arrived, they entered the home and encountered the man, Max Arthur, 43, who Barkell said was still holding the child but did not appear to be holding a gun. According to Barkell, Arthur was wearing tactical-style pants, a holster with magazine pouches, and a bulletproof vest.
Upon encountering the 43-year-old, police ordered Arthur to put down the child. He complied, and police took him to the ground and arrested him.
The woman granted permission to search the home, at which time police allegedly found a glass bottle wrapped in duct tape with a fuse coming from the top and two plastic bottles filled with nails, BBs and gun powder. The plastic bottles were also affixed with fuses.
Police also allegedly uncovered a 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol, a 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a 12-gauge shotgun, along with drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.
The homemade bombs were later sent to the Montana State Crime Laboratory in Missoula, which determined that the devices were capable of exploding, Barkell said.
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Arthur has been cited locally with felony intimidation, possession of destructive devices, and possession of dangerous drugs, along with misdemeanor partner-family member assault and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Arthur has a lengthy criminal record, according to Oregon court records, including multiple convictions for felony stalking, theft, assault and telephonic harassment.
Because Arthur is a felon, he will also likely face out-of-jurisdiction charges of possessing weapons, Barkell said.
He added that agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating why Arthur had homemade bombs.
Arthur listed the Anaconda home on the 500 block of E. 3rd St. as his address.
Representatives from ATF could not be reached for comment.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Arthur remained in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County jail with a bond of $25,000. He has a preliminary hearing in Anaconda justice court scheduled Sept. 16, pending an order to move his case to district court.