ROXBURY, NJ - A Roxbury man detonated a home-made explosive device in Byram after showing it to a woman and telling her it was a bomb that could be stuck to the bottom of a vehicle, said authorities today.
The man, Christopher Faschan, 31, who has a Landing mailing address, was arrested Monday following a joint investigation that involved multiple area law enforcement agencies and drew the attention of residents in Roxbury and Mount Olive.
Faschan faces charges of third-degree Possession of an Explosive Device with the Purpose to Use it Unlawfully, second-degree Aggravated Assault, third-degree Terroristic Threats and third-degree Possession of an Explosive Device, said authorities.
'A Bomb You Can Stick Under a Car'
They said Faschan drove to the home of “an alleged victim and waited in his vehicle. When the woman approached him, Faschan “showed her a home-made explosive device that he referred to as a bomb.” authorities said.
They said he also said the object was the type of device that could be attached to the bottom of a car, they added.
“ After the defendant departed, it is alleged that he detonated the device near, or in, Lake Lackawanna (in Byram),” said authorities. “The explosion was heard by the alleged victim and multiple residents of the Lake Lackawanna community.”
Big Law Enforcement Response
Faschan’s arrest “resulted from a joint investigation of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Byram Township Police Department, The Roxbury Township Police Department and the Mount Olive Township Police Department” said a statement from Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and Byram Chief Peter Zabita.
They said the probe began Sunday, (Feb. 3) and continued through Monday, explaining that “law enforcement agencies investigated an explosion and conducted a search of several areas to assure the safety of the public and the officers investigating.”
Something Going On
Police could be seen in Port Morris and Flanders during Monday, prompting curiosity from residents and business owners. Esteban Duarte, owner of R&E Automotive - a garage on Center Street in Port Morris - said an undercover officer stayed in an unmarked car outside his business much of the day Monday.
“I went up to him and he showed me his badge,” Duarte said.
Gannon said his department “deployed assets to Byram, Roxbury and Mount Olive in support of their investigation to maintain safety and properly collect evidence.”
Involved in the case were the Morris County Bomb Squad, Explosives Detection K9, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit (CSI), said Gannon. He said the multiple “assets” were deployed “for the purpose of assisting in the investigation, search warrant, and ultimately rendering the scene and surrounding area safe.”
Faschan was placed in the Sussex County jail pending a court appearance on Friday, said authorities.
They are asking anyone with information to call the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-383-1570.