Washington County Man Charged With Making And Possessing IED’s

They were  found Tuesday inside a car in Hagerstown.


Hagerstown, Md (KM) A Washington County man remains incarcerated after his arrest this week for manufacture and possession of explosives. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says Robert Matthew Schulz, 31, is suspected of making two improvised explosive devices which were found in Tuesday in a vehicle at 1108 Sunnyside Drive in Hagerstown.

Mr. Zachery Ciampo of that address purchased a 1990 Nissan SX for the parts. While removing items from the car at around 6:31 Tuesday evening, he found the two devices and called authorities. The Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office responded, and determined the devices could be live.

As result, the State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb Squad arrived on the scene and rendered the devices safe. Some nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says investigators  found that the vehicle was removed from a bank-owned property at 1249 Crescent Road in Hagerstown. After receiving permission from the bank, authorities entered the property, and  found several items in the suspect’s bedroom that matched the devices in the Nissan SX.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says Schulz was arrested at his place of employment in Frederick without incident. He’s charged with the manufacture, possession and storage of a destructive device, and possession of explosive/incendiary material with intent.

Search warrants were served on Schulz’s Toyota 4Runner and his tent at a campground in Brunswick.

He’s being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a no-bond status.

In addition to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal’s Office, Hagerstown Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Maryland State Police, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick City Police, the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Volusia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad worked on this investigation.


By Kevin McManus