City bomb suspect in custody

WEIRTON – A suspect has been arrested in connection with the three explosive devices found outside of the Weirton Municipal Building earlier this month.

Weirton police arrested David Patterson, 23, at 3344 West St. at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Police Chief Bruce Marshall.

“This was the outcome of our two-week investigation. Our guys did a great job. This has been our number one priority,” Marshall said.

Patterson will be charged by the state with three counts of criminal use of destructive explosive devices. Marshall said the case will then be turned over to federal prosecutors who will determine what federal charges the suspect will face.

Patterson has some previous misdemeanors on record with the Weirton Police Department, according to Marshall.

He is in custody at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail on $150,000 bond.

The arrest comes after the discovery by Weirton police officers of three explosive devices at the Weirton Municipal Building on the night of May 5.

According to reports, two of the devices were found at the base of the building, with the third discovered near a police cruiser in the Municipal Plaza parking lot.

The police department’s Special Response Team was reported to have defused the devices and then contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.