Four charged with having explosives, plotting to attack Muslim community

Four suspects have been arrested and charged after Greece Police say they planned to attack a Muslim community near Binghamton.

Greece Police arrested 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and a 16-year-old Odyssey Academy student and charged each of them with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of conspiracy.

According to court paperwork, the suspects are accused of having multiple IEDs in the shape of medium to large-sized cylinders and mason jars wrapped in duct tape. Each suspect is charged with the intent to use the IEDs in a plot against the hamlet of Islamberg, Delaware County, located about 40 miles east of Binghamton.

The Greece Police Department held a press conference Tuesday about an investigation involving Odyssey Academy on Friday. Police Chief Patrick Phelan said during lunchtime on Friday, the 16-year-old suspect showed a picture of another student to a group of kids and said: “he looks like a school shooter doesn’t he.”

Pheland said one of the students in the group told an adult right away. The police chief said there was never a threat against any Greece school, but police say through the investigation, they uncovered the plot that the three men and one teen had to harm a Muslim community.

Investigators say they have recovered 23 rifles and shotguns, all legal weapons, from multiple homes, and found three IEDs in the home of the 16-year-old suspect.

Authorities are continuing to go through other electronic devices. The FBI will investigate the homemade bombs in Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Phelan said it’s possible federal charges will be filed.

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