CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A letter Lucas Helder had sent to his
was key to identifying him as a suspect, according to papers
the criminal complaint Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
The letter received Monday referred to death and dying, contained
anti-government comments, and contained the phrase
``Mailboxes are exploding,''
Helder's father told the FBI.
The notes found with pipe bombs in rural mailboxes also began:
Later that evening, according to an FBI affidavit, Helder's father
his son's roommate in Menomonie, Wis., called and told him about
bomb-making materials found under his bed.
On Tuesday, the FBI interviewed Helder's roommate and two other people:
Helder's roommate said he returned home May 2 to find a note Helder
left, saying he was going to Madison, Wis., for a weekend party
call in sick to work. The roommate believed that was out of
On Saturday, the roommate checked the answering machine and there was
message from Helder saying he wouldn't be home that night or the
The roommate told the FBI that Helder's father called a short time
The father was disturbed by a note in which Helder said he
parents were strong enough to deal with his beliefs.
That night, Helder's roommate and two other people went into his room.
``One person found a white plastic shopping bag under the bed. The
contained a large box of nails, a box of paperclips and two black
bottles that shotgun or gun powder and the words 'extremely
One of the bottles was heavy and one was light, as if it
was close to empty,''
according to the FBI affidavit.
``They also found a blue plastic funnel and a receipt dated 04/17/02,
p.m., that detailed the purchase of 15 to 20 pipe casings or
similar, along with other items including paperclips,'' the
The affidavit said law enforcement records showed Helder was stopped
speeding at 12:17 a.m. Saturday near St. Edward, Neb., about 12
Albion, Neb., where a pipe bomb was found later that day.
``When the law enforcement officer approached Helder, Helder stated
didn't mean to hurt anybody' or words to that effect,'' the
Helder was stopped about 2 p.m. that day near Watonga, Oklahoma, for
to wear a seatbelt. He was cited for an expired driver's
On Sunday at 2:53 p.m., he was stopped for speeding in Fowler, Colo.
``The trooper advised the driver appeared to be very nervous and had
watery eyes like he was going to cry,'' the affidavit said.
A note left with a pipe bomb in Scotia, Neb., was sent to an FBI lab
compared with the letter sent to Helder's family. A document
they had similar characteristics.
The FBI also obtained records of Helder's credit card activity
subpoena and talked with friends Helder had contacted by
The concludes there is probable cause to charge Helder with planting
pipe bomb that injured Delores Werling, 70, of Tipton.
Werling and her husband had checked their mailbox on the way home.
were still in the car when she reached into the mailbox to
remove an object
she described as a tube with strings protruding from
When it exploded, Werling was injured in the face, arms and hands. A
was knocked out and her eardrums were ruptured.
Werling was one of six people injured when pipe bombs exploded Friday
Iowa and Illinois. Additional pipe bombs found in Nebraska,
Texas did not go off.
Helder also was charged with damaging property used in interstate
_ the mailbox.
Federal charges also were filed Wednesday in Illinois _ the same two
as in Iowa; and in Nebraska _ where he was charged with
of explosives. He was expected to be taken
to Cedar Rapids to face those
charges first, authorities said.
Bob Teig, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cedar Rapids,
he didn't know how soon Helder would be brought to Iowa to face