Maine man charged with threatening mother with pipe bomb

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, at 9:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON, Maine – The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a Washington Maine man was charged over the weekend in connection with a pipe bomb incident at his home.

Robert Medeika, 36, was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest came after the State Police tactical team located him in the home Medeika shares with his mother.

Medeika was charged with attempted extortion with a dangerous weapon and taken to the Knox County Jail. The charge stems from an incident at the house Friday night in which Medeika got into an argument with his mother and then placed, what appeared to be, a pipe bomb on a table inside the house. The woman fled the home and called the sheriff’s department.

Deputies, Fire Marshal investigators and members of the State Police bomb team responded to the call Friday night. Medeika could not be located during the night and authorities obtained a search warrant on Saturday.

He was arrested about 2:30 p.m. and offered no resistance. The bomb like device could not be located, but investigators did search the house for any related items and were aided in that search by a State Police bomb dog.