A Central Florida man has some more explaining to do, after a bomb squad found quite a stockpile of weapons and bomb-making items this week at his home.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced this week they have arrested 47-year-old Paul Thomas Giangrasso, and charged him with five counts of making a destructive device, according to WGFL and ClickOrlando.com.
In total, the bomb squad discovered five improvised explosive devices, in addition two altered hand grenades, a container of explosive powder, consumer grade fireworks, several firearms, and explosive rifle targets at his home.
The whole thing began last month, when Giangrasso was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
MCSO units responded to a residence near NE 22nd Avenue and NE 35th Street to execute a search warrant. A large number of firearms and a suspicious device were found. At this time, one male has been taken into custody and there is no apparent threat to the community. pic.twitter.com/pUlkCffOhy
— Marion Co.Sheriff-FL (@MCSOFlorida) November 2, 2020
Officials say he pointed a gun at a deputy and asked the deputy to shoot him.
Days later, Giangrasso refused to comply with a judge’s risk protection order, as well as an order to turn over his firearms and ammunition.