UPDATE: Man Sentenced for Fake Pipe Bomb, Bank Robbery Incident

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/2/12 @ 5:58 p.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man accused of planting fake pipe bombs at post office's in order to distract police while he robbed a bank was back in court Tuesday.

Patrick Slider, of Ohio, entered a guilty plea Tuesday.

According to a release from Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackurn, Slider was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of inducing panic, two counts of unlawful use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, tampering with evidence and burglary.

Back in July 2008, Slider planted two fake pipe bombs at Post Offices in Guysville and Stewart, Ohio as a diversion while he robbed a bank in Coolville on July 29, 2008.

Slider was sentenced to 16 years in jail.

UPDATE 7/29/08 @ 1:23 p.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Athens County Sheriff Vern Castle says it's a distinct possibility that the pipe bombs found Tuesday morning at post offices in Guysville and Stewart may be related to the robbery of the Hocking Valley Bank in Coolville a few hours later.

But he says there's just isn't any evidence to connect the two incidents at this time.

Castle says one armed intruder entered the bank and walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI and the sheriff's office are looking at the bank surveillance video to try to determine a description of the suspect.

UPDATE 7/29/08 @ 11:30 a.m.
COOLVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Already occupied with a pipe bomb situation in Guysville and Stewart, the Athens County Sheriff's Department is now investigating a bank robbery in Coolville.

It's at the Hocking Valley Bank.

Sheriff Vern Castle says the call came in at 10:10 Tuesday morning.

Castle hasn't released much information about the robbery, but says his department is looking into the possibility of a connection between the pipe bomb situation and the robbery.

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ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A pair of pipe bomb type devices were found this morning at two post offices in Athens County.

The post offices are in Guysville and Stewart. Both post offices remain closed

A bomb squad from Columbus was brought in to investigate.

A published report now says the device found at the Guysville Post Office was not an exlposive device.

Agents are now trying to determine whether the device at the Stewart Post Offices contains any explosives

The sheriff says the devices were spotted at the back doors of the buildings around 6:20 this morning.

The report say investigators do not beleive the devices are a prank.

An area within 1,000 feet of each post office has been evacuated.

State Route 329 is also closed in the area of each post office.

Emergency shelters has been setup at 2 locations.

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