NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 59-year-old man faces charges of arson, exploding a bomb and having pipe bombs in his home, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.
Joseph Colucci of Middlesex Borough was arrested Sunday and charged with one count each of third-degree arson, and third-degree prohibited weapons - specifically destructive devices - and fourth-degree causing or risking widespread injury or damage, Carey said in a joint statement with Middlesex police Chief Matthew Geist.
Authorities said that on Saturday, borough police responded to an emergency aid call at West 2nd Street and located two pipe bombs inside the residence. Details of the emergency call were not released.
The homes was evacuated and the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit along with State Police Bomb Unit were called to the scene, Carey said. Officers determined that the devices were not a hazard.
However, a preliminary investigation determined that Colucci, the homeowner, was in possession of the two pipe bombs and homemade bomb-making material, including gun powder, authorities said.
Additionally, officers determined that more than a year ago, between Oct. 18, and Nov. 8, of 2017, Colucci detonated a pipe bomb in the immediate area, near the Warrenville Road bridge in the borough.
Police are continuing to investigate and ask that anyone with information call Middlesex police Detective Daniel McCue at (732) 356-1900 ext. 312, or Detective Nicholas Chiorello of the prosecutor’s office at (732) 745-3176.