Stuart L. Adcock, the Army Ranger accused of illegally possessing several explosives in his Columbus apartment, was released this morning on $10,000 bond, and will be confined to his unit on Fort Benning pending further court proceedings.
Adcock, 23, a sniper with the Third Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, faces federal charges of possessing explosives and lying to federal agents. The charges sprang from a message posted on an FBI website on Jan. 20 by an estranged in-law of Adcock's in North Carolina who claimed Adcock took a fragmentation grenade to his house.
Authorities said the informant, Matthew Black, also has military experience and was therefore qualified to recognize the explosive. Black told the FBI that Adcock also mentioned having other grenades, several blocks of C4 explosives with detonation cords and “flash bang grenades” at his home in Columbus, according to an affidavit.
On the same day the FBI received the tip, agents contacted the informant, and, after verifying the veracity of the message, spoke to Adcock at Fort Benning. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Adcock initially denied having any explosives and agreed to a search of his apartment.
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Agents did not find any of the explosives in the apartment, but were concerned with a cache of personal firearms that they encountered. Those weapons are being removed Adcock's apartment this morning as a condition of his bond.
While the agents were on their way to the Hampton Place apartment last week, Adcock allegedly phoned his girlfriend and asked her to hide the explosives. Agents spotted Adcock’s girlfriend walking from a wood line behind the apartment as they arrived. As the agents were leaving, they checked the area where they had seen Adcock’s girlfriend walking and allegedly found a fragmentation grenade, two flash bang grenades and a military flare.
According to an affidavit, Adcock later admitted to agents that he called his girlfriend and asked her to hide the materials. He also admitted to lying to the agents.
About six of Adcock's fellow Rangers attended Adcock's detention hearing this morning in federal court. Prosecutors this morning said they were concerned Adcock might pose a flight risk because he had been scheduled to deploy this week to Iraq. Authorities said Adcock will no longer be part of the deployment.