Bloomington Police arrested an Indiana University student Wednesday on the preliminary charge of manufacturing a bomb.
Ryder Lewis Pickens, 20, had been detained at the IU Health Hospital before being taken into custody Wednesday. Pickens’ roommate, Jinho Seo, contacted police after finding dangerous chemicals and laboratory equipment in Pickens’ basement bedroom.
“Two days before I went down there, there was not much set up,” Seo said. “So he set up all of that stuff in two or three days. He didn’t have the time yet to do anything big.”
Bloomington Police worked with the local FBI and National Guard to search Pickens’ apartment. Sergeant Joe Crider said in a press release that investigators determined Pickens had been searching the web for terms such as “weapons of mass destruction” and “effects of sarin gas.” Packages that arrived at the apartment after Pickens was detained contained enough chemicals to build an explosive.
Pickens admitted to possessing the equipment and chemicals but has pled not guilty for Attempted Manufacturing of an Explosive Device. He is being held on a one million dollar bond.