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Hearing for Man Accused of Possessing Bombs Continued
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-07-19

            The preliminary hearing for the Milford Township man accused of possessing four bombs has been continued for two months. David W. Surman Jr., 30, of Old Bethlehem Pike, was scheduled to appear in the New Britain court of District Judge Regina Armitage on July 10. However, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office requested the continuance, according to a court employee. The employee did not provide any additional details.

            A new preliminary hearing date in the case, before the same judge, has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            Law enforcement officials arrested Surman on June 28 after serving sealed search warrants to his business and home in the township. The Bucks County DA charged with four counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possessing an instrument of crime and possessing a prohibited offensive weapon as well as one count each of illegal possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

            Evidence obtained during the searches was sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va. for analysis. Prosecutors requested the continuance in order for the lab to complete the results, according to Larry King, the director of communications and an Analyst for the DA's Office.

            Surman remains free after posting the bail of 10 percent of $750,000 cash on June 29, one day after his arraignment before District Judge Lisa Gaier.

            Gregg Shore, the first assistant district attorney, told Gaier during the hearing that law enforcement officials also removed ten firearms and suspected narcotics, possibly methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia from Surman's bedroom. Law enforcement officials also displayed two pages with drawings and anti-Semitic content they claimed were seized from the defendant.

            According to District Attorney Matt Weintraub, the charge of unlawful possession of four IED's could earn the defendant a prison sentence of between 10 and 20 years. During a news conference prior to the arraignment, Weintraub described one of the bombs as 18-inches long with four fuses as a weapon of mass destruction. "It was ready to be detonated," he said.

            The devices consisted of a container, a fuse and an explosive material, according to the police criminal complaint filed in Armitage's court. It is believed that two of the devices contain erythritol tetranitrate, and two contain flash powder.  

            Surman was charged as a result of an investigation into explosions reported in the upper area of Bucks County since April 1, according to an earlier email from King, the director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. The district attorney is continuing to investigate, as is the Pennsylvania State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, all of the explosions that occurred between April and June.


 

 

 

 

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