NEW CUMBERLAND - A man arrested for allegedly placing three explosive devices around the Weirton Municipal Building last month had his bond reduced at the Hancock County Magistrate Court Friday.
David Jared Patterson, 23, is being charged with three counts of criminal use of an explosive device.
Weirton-based attorney Alex Risovich is representing Patterson, who was denied a bond reduction by Magistrate Court Judge Michael S. White during his first court appearance on May 23.
David Jared Patterson appeared for a hearing at the Hancock County Magistrate Court Friday, during which time his bond was reduced. Patterson was arrested May 21 in connection with three chemical explosive devices found around the Weirton Municipal Building on the night of May 5. -- Shae Dalrymple
On Friday, White reduced Patterson's bond from $150,000 to $25,000 professional surety bond, on the condition that he only be released under GPS-monitored house arrest at his mother's residence.
"The defense counsel provided additional information that we will follow up on," said James Davis, Hancock County prosecuting attorney. "I know that the police officers are concerned, but I have nothing from his past to indicate that he is an immediate danger."
Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall strongly disagreed.
"We consider him a huge danger to the community, and we do not believe the bond should have been reduced. We communicated that to the prosecutor," he said.
Marshall told Davis after the hearing that he would immediately assign an officer to monitor Patterson if he is released, house arrest or not.
"It's just not a good decision," Marshall commented.
When contacted by The Weirton Daily Times following the hearing, Risovich declined to comment regarding his client.
Patterson will be back in court 10 a.m. June 30.
The investigation leading to Patterson's arrest began at about 11 p.m. on May 5, when Weirton police officers discovered three chemical explosive devices outside of the city building, according to Marshall. Two were found near the base of the building, and one was found under a police cruiser in the parking lot of the Municipal Plaza, reports stated. The explosives were defused by city police and later picked up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A federal investigation is ongoing.
Weirton police arrested Patterson at a residence on West Street around 1:30 p.m. May 21. He is currently in custody at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail.
(Dalrymple can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)