A 59-year-old rural Brainerd man was arrested and charged Monday with possessing incendiary devices with an alleged intent to harm officers of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.
Robert Arthur Litzau was arrested Friday after Crow Wing County officers found containers of gasoline rigged to explode and burn Litzau's house.
In the criminal complaint filed Monday, Crow Wing County Investigator Dave Larson reported speaking with Walter Hoppe at the home of Elizabeth Zugschwert, on whose land Litzau lived.
The Zugschwert's land had been tax forfeited back to the county in September 2001, and the Zugschwerts and Litzau were ordered by Crow Wing County District Court Friday to vacate the property, said Tom Cowell, Crow Wing County land commissioner.
Hoppe told Larson that he had spoken to Litzau, who said if the county attempted to remove him from the Zugschwert property "he would blow up everything, including himself."
Litzau also told Hoppe that it was his intent to "kill as many police officers as possible and that he was going to wait at the door and when they came up he would blow up the house," the criminal complaint said.
Hoppe told Larson he observed in the basement of Litzau's residence numerous containers of gasoline with electrical cords running from them, the criminal complaint stated.
Upon arrival, officers found shunts running to various rooms in the residence made of magnesium upon aluminum. The incendiary devices were rigged so that when the wires were plugged in they would explode and the house would start on fire, the criminal complaint stated.
Members of the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad and the Brainerd Fire Department removed the incendiary devices.
Litzau was charged with two counts of possessing an incendiary device and two counts of terroristic threats. He is being held in the Crow Wing County jail. His next court appearance is set for April 4.
Crow Wing County Judge John Leitner set bail and bond at $60,000. The conditions of bail include: Litzau is to have no firearms or explosives, no devises or materials to make explosives; he is not to go on the Zugschwert's property except on a one-time basis, under supervision of law enforcement, to remove personal belongings; and he is to have no contact with Elizabeth Zugschwert.
Litzau had a prior conviction of fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct in March 1999, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
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