Authorities arrested two people in New York City on Thursday and planned to charge to them with building an explosive device after what they described a federal terrorism investigation, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement official.
Christian and Tyler Toro, both 27, were arrested by NYPD officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Thursday on charges that they made a bomb and gave explosive materials to a minor.
While serving a search warrant for the Bronx apartment, investigators found about 20 pounds of iron oxide, about 5 pounds of aluminum powder, about 5 pounds of potassium nitrate and about 2 pounds of confectioner's sugar located in the floor of a bedroom closet.
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Christian, a former teacher at Harlem Prep school, offered to pay students $50 an hour to "break apart fireworks and store the powder that came out of the fireworks in containers".
Authorities charged him with raping a minor on January 31, alleging he took a 15-year-old female student to his home to have sex on two occasions.
Tyler Toro was charged with one count of unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device, which also carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
A bail hearing for Christian Toro was set for Wednesday, February 21 and no date has been set for Tyler Toro. One student was arrested and Mr Toro resigned from his teaching position. Christian denied that he plotted to manufacture any explosive devices, insisting that he had not downloaded the manual and only briefly looked at it for the goal of research.
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The agents also discovered a diary that apparently belongs to Tyler, in which he documented the pair's preparations for an attack, mentioning "operation Flash", which was supposedly aimed at disposing of the physical evidence.
After the resignation, Tyler Toro returned Christian Toro's school-issued laptop, where a technical specialist found a copy of the "Explosives Book", a text that provides instructions for manufacturing explosive devices, according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, the case grew out of a bomb threat called into a school in December.
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On Feb. 8, the F.B.I. and police officers interviewed the Toro brothers in their apartment, and Christian Toro told agents that he had come across the explosives book while doing research about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and had not meant to download it onto his computer, according to the complaint. But I am here 100% living, buying weapons.
Both are now in custody and have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
This week, the JTTF was able to get probable cause to seek a search warrant from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY and a federal judge to go to the Toros' apartment in the Bronx following interviews and developments in the case, Miller added.