Federal agents have arrested a man suspected of trying to blow up an LGBT community gym.
On Sunday, authorities in Gloucester City, N.J. charged a man with the bombing of a South Jersey gym. The gym was considered a safe space for LGBT people, reported the Shore News Network.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Dwayne A. Vandergrift Jr., 35, was charged with malicious use of explosives, unlawful possession of two destructive devices, and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle, prosecutors said.
The Camden County man, police said, detonated a bomb in front of the gym — shattering its front door during the early morning hours of Aug. 26. Prosecutors said there is security camera footage of Vandergrift fleeing the scene before the bombing.
No one was injured in the blast.
Vandergrift reportedly told his mother he intended to commit “suicide by cop.” Agents discovered 85 marijuana plants at Vandergrift’s home in what is described as a grow operation.