Imperial Beach Man to Be Tried in Mosque Threat

He had close to 100 fireworks, M-80s and was talking smack at a bar, prosecutors say

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    Dearborn Police Department

    An Imperial Beach man accused of plotting to attack a Detroit-area mosque has been ordered to stand trial.

    Roger Stockham was arrested Jan. 24 during a traffic stop near the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Witnesses say the 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran spoke hours earlier at a bar about setting off an explosion at the mosque.

    A Dearborn police officer testified Stockham had 96 fireworks, including M-80 firecrackers, smoke bombs and bottle rockets.

    Stockham's lawyer says the fireworks could not have blown up the mosque. A judge on Friday said there was probable cause to go to trial on charges of making a false report or threat of terrorism and possessing explosives with an unlawful intent.

    The suspect, wearing a ski mask while driving, was pulled over and arrested by police  just 10 miles west of Detroit.

    Roger Stockham, 63, was observed taking pictures of the building and making comments regarding a potential explosion at the mosque.

    Stockham could face up to 35 years in prison.