Man arrested for bombs has criminal record
The man arrested after two explosive devices were found in his apartment on Chamepeny Court in Sussex has a criminal record.
Anthony Joseph Haessly, 20, was convicted in December 2010 of second-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with an incident in August 2010 at the Lad Lake Residential Treatment Center.
According to the criminal complaint, Haessly barricaded himself in his bedroom in a cottage at the facility with 14 other juveniles, set newspapers on top of himself and along the wall and lighted the papers on fire. Haessly had prior problems with setting fires, according to the complaint.
Haessly was treated at a nearby hospital for first-, second- and third-degree burns, the complaint said.
Haessly has not yet been formally charged in connection with the more recent incident in Sussex. Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Jennifer Wallschlaeger stated it would likely take until the end of the month before they received reports from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who is investigating the incident. Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the Milwaukee Bomb Squad and the ATF all responded to Haessly's residence at W246 N6704 Champeny Court after a neighbor notified law enforcement that Haessly had pipe bombs and was prepared to use them.
According to the search warrant issued in this incident, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies were notified Oct. 23 by a neighbor that Haessly said he would use pipe bombs in his possession on anyone, including law enforcement officials, because he did not want to go back to jail. He was on probation for his earlier conviction.
Other neighbors were aware that Haessly was building bombs, according to the search warrant. One neighbor described the devices as "cylinder metal devices each having a wick," one of which "appeared to be an elongated Co2 cartridge and the larger was a pipe, approximately 8 inches in length and capped on both ends."
According to the warrant, a neighbor said that Haessly told him "he would never go back to jail and if the cops ever came to get him that he would take out as many as possible." He also told that neighbor that he had a homemade shotgun and had already used it to shoot birds in the woods behind his house, according to the warrant.
Another neighbor stated that Haessly showed her five devices in a locked box, telling her they were bombs full of black powder. He also told that neighbor he had enough explosives to take out half the complex.
Haessly has not yet been charged with anything in this incident. According to an Oct. 29 statement from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, that department is working closely with the District Attorney's Office and the ATF, and the incident currently remains under investigation.
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