EXETER — Police on Friday arrested a man they say threatened to build a bomb from propane tanks and blow up his neighborhood.
Joseph Segeda, 53, of Susquehanna Avenue, Exeter, was charged with three counts of terroristic threats, two counts of disorderly conduct and a single count of threatening placement of bomb. He was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla and remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
A homeowner on Susquehanna Avenue reported Friday she heard yelling coming from across the street Thursday night. She allegedly heard her neighbor, Segeda, yelling that he was going to kill someone so people would start to take him seriously, according to the criminal complaint.
Segeda allegedly threatened to build a bomb with propane tanks and blow up the neighborhood. He also stated he was going to pour gasoline on houses and burn the homes to the ground, the complaint says.
Police said in the complaint Segeda has “easy access” to propane tanks and gasoline as he resides less than a block from a service station at Wyoming Avenue and Schooley Street.
The homeowner who reported the alleged threats to police did not know if Segeda meant her house of another house in the 300 block of Susquehanna Avenue.
Police said there have been more than 20 complaints at the Segeda residence for harassment, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 13 before district Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston.