Man's hand blown off; note references violence against women

Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 11:34 AM EDT
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A southwest Virginia man who blew off his hand in an apparent explosives accident has been charged in federal court after authorities say they found evidence he was making a bomb and wanted to target “hot cheerleaders” because of his sexual frustrations.

An FBI affidavit filed Friday in federal court in Abingdon says 23-year-old Cole Carini of Richlands showed up at a hospital Wednesday with one hand blown off, fingers blown off his second and other shrapnel wounds to his neck.

He told authorities he'd been in a lawnmower accident. But authorities

, and found explosives materials, rusty nails, pipes and pieces of flesh.

The Department of Justice says agents found significant amounts of what is believed to be Triacetone Triperoxide, an explosive substance used to created improvised explosive devices.

Upon further questioning, Carini insisted he was injured while mowing grass and said he did not have any explosives at his home.

But agents also found parts of a scorched letter that referenced tension "as he now approached the stage of hot cheerleaders" and “I will not be afraid of the consequences no matter what I will be heroic I will make a statement like Elliott Rodgers.”

Elliott Rodger killed himself in 2014 after killing six others, including two women outside a sorority house near Santa Barbara, Caifornia, leaving behind a manifesto that has been a rallying point for the online “incel” community. Incels, a shorthand phrase for “involuntarily celibate,” justify violence against women as revenge for men who are rejected as sexual partners.

Online court records show Carini is being held in custody pending appointment of an attorney.

He is charged with making false statements to law enforcement.

The investigation of the case is ongoing and is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Virginia State Police, the Richlands Police Department and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Zachary T. Lee and Whit Pierce are prosecuting the case for the United States.