A Scioto County couple has been arrested in connection with possession of a pipe bomb.
The man who was arrested says it was intended for a man he says his wife was having an affair with.
Taken into custody was Rick Hatten, 27, of Big Pete Road Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
Rick Hatten has been charged with one count of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance a felony of the second degree and one count of criminal possession of an explosive device a felony of the third degree.
Hatten is being held without bond.
Also arrested was Shantel Hatten, 34, of Big Pete Road Franklin Furnace.
Shantel Hatten has been charged with one count of tampering with evidence a felony of the third degree.
She is being held on a $7,500 bond.
Both were scheduled to appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Thursday.
Hall said Shantel Hatten helped to conceal a pipe bomb for her husband.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received information on Wednesday that a subject was on Walmart’s parking lot with a possible pipe bomb inside of his vehicle.
After further investigation that included a call from the New Boston Police Department it was determined the subject worked at Walmart and lived in Franklin Furnace.
Detectives responded to Walmart to speak with the possible suspect about the situation.
During the investigation the suspect allowed the New Boston Police along with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office detectives to search his vehicle, nothing was inside of his vehicle. However, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence located at 2089 Big Pete Road Franklin Furnace in Ohio.
Donini said his office contacted the State Fire Marshal’s Office who assisted by sending the Columbus Fire Department bomb squad along with an explosive canine handler and K-9 from Columbus to assist in this investigation.
During the subsequent investigation a live pipe bomb was located and properly deactivated by the bomb squad.
Detectives obtained information that Rick Hatten stated that the pipe bomb was going to be placed inside the vehicle of a man the suspect said he believed his wife had an affair with.
“It is important people know it was an isolated incident,” Captain David Hall said. “People tend to think of pipe bombs in the context of terrorism, but that is not the case at all.”
Donini referred to it as an ongoing investigation that will result in more charges being presented to the Scioto County grand jury at a later date and said anyone with any information concerning the case should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. All calls will remain anonymous.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.
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