The anniversary of Timothy McVeigh's terrorist attack in Oklahoma City has come and gone without incident, but Peter Dziuk is being held in the Hennepin County jail this morning after being charged with making terroristic threats bearing an erie similarity to McVeigh's plot.
The Columbia Heights man was arrested at his home on Friday.
Witnesses told police that Dziuk had threatened numerous times during some agitated conversations in a Lyndale Avenue coffee shop to blow up the Sate Office Building in St. Paul.
Interviewed by police on April 30, Dziuk said he wasn't happy with his job at the Department of Agriculture, and seemed to know why the cops were talking to him; he asked them if the questions were "about a bomb threat."
That's when he told them he had ammonium nitrate, the same bomb-building component) McVeigh used to blow up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
Based on that scenario, police got a search warrant for Dziuk's home. Among the evidence uncovered: ammonium nitrate, a photograph of the State Capitol building, and a picture of Dziuk posing with an empty bag of ammonium nitrate.
Dziuk's scheduled for his first court date today at 1:30 p.m. He's being held on $150,000 bail.