[Click any image to enlarge. Original post 11-12-05 from www.westportnow.com.]
Former Westporter Held in Terrorist Bomb Plot…
A former Westporter and 1955 Staples High School graduate who said he had “no loyalty to America whatsoever” is being held by federal authorities in Texas for allegedly trying to build a huge bomb for Al Qaeda in exchange for killing his estranged wife, according to authorities.
Ronald Grecula, 68, was being held without bail after making claims he could build a bomb that “could be used by any organization to take down buildings anywhere in the world,” U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby told reporters in Houston.
Grecula was arrested on Friday after FBI agents lured him to Houston for a supposed meeting with a potential bomb buyer that was presented to him as Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
“Of course, I don’t like how y’all are killing Americans, but America has asked for it. They asked for it. So they want a war, they got it,” Grecula said, according a transcript of the meeting released by authorities.
Shelby said Grecula, who most recently lived in Bangor, Pa., faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
The classmate said he remembers Grecula being arrested in Westport some time after high school for possessing fireworks illegally and that he believes at the time police actually found him in possession of explosives.
A 1962 telephone directory shows a Grecula family living on Maple Avenue North.