Man with arsenal of weapons in truck charged in court

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Jeremiah Bridges, a 39-year-old Indiana man, was arraigned today at court in Champaign County.

He was arrested Wednesday after Rantoul Police found his son and a substantial number of weapons locked in his truck.

Bridges is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He is also being charged with one count of endangering the life of a child.

The judge set Bridges bond at $750,000.

"Sig Sauer .45 caliber pistol, a Browning .30 caliber water cooled machine gun, a U.S. Army handbook..."

An arsenal of loaded weapons, ammunition and body armor - but that wasn't all 39 year-old Jeremiah Bridges stocked up in his truck.

"In an exterior compartment of the truck, Rantoul found an improvised explosive device with a fuse attached which was later determined to contain an explosive compound. Another explosive device and a bottle of black powder were found in a passenger compartment."

Yawning and fidgeting he told the judge he understood the charges against him.

The scene in Rantoul Wednesday forced law enforcement to block off the road and call in the U of I bomb squad.

They also took care of his 12-year-old son who had been locked in the truck for several hours.

He told officials he bought the machine gun at a gun show in Illinois and planned to bury the bombs in a desert and blow them up.

The bond does not allow him to leave Illinois and return home. He had requested to return to work in Indiana until the date of his court appearance.

Bridges will appear in court on August 22nd at 9am.


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