Crown Point man accused of having bomblike devices in car

2013-05-07T15:09:00Z 2013-05-08T12:12:04Z Crown Point man accused of having bomblike devices in carSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors said they have charged a Crown Point man with having two devices containing explosive material in his car when arrested after fleeing police.

When apprehending 26-year-old Ryan Cohn, officers found Cohn wearing a Jasper County sheriff's shirt, court records state. His Jeep Cherokee also contained a loaded handgun, two sets of handcuffs, police scanner and badges, Cohn told police he collected police items as a hobby, the records state.

He is alleged to have admitted knowing the devices were illegal. Court records state when asked why he had them, Cohn told police, "I like things that go boom."

What appeared to be two homemade explosive devices were observed on a passenger seat, court records state. When county police brought a "bomb dog" in on the investigation and the dog detected the presence of explosives, the Porter County Bomb Unit was called to the scene.

A hazardous-device technician determined the two devices — one a 4-inch cylinder and the other, a 6-inch cylinder, both with wicks — contained explosives and to be "destructive devices" under Indiana law.

Cohn was apprehended based on a complaint of a suspicious person and vehicle. Cohn had been observed using a flashlight to see inside a van in a Crown Point church parking lot.

Cohn is charged with two counts of possession of a destructive device and resisting law enforcement, both felonies, and unlawful use of a police radio, a misdemeanor.

Cohn was released from police custody Tuesday after posting bond of $4,945.

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