JBU Explosive Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

BENTON COUNTY, Ark.- - Timothy Constantin pleaded not guilty in the Benton County Court Tuesday morning.

Constantin, a former student at John Brown University, was arrested in November 2017 in connection with making reference to committing a mass shooting or bombing. 

Constantin is charged with criminal acts involving explosives, a class C felony. 

An arrest report states the Siloam Springs Police Department was called to the dorm room of a suicidal student named Timothy Constantin on November 14 at 8:59 a.m. Police said he left a suicide note in the common area of the dorm on November 13. 

Inside his dorm room, authorities said they found an AK-47 rifle and a Keltech 9mm carbine folded in half. Numerous magazines for both firearms were also found, along with knives and a machete. 

Police said Constantin's suicide note mentioned wanting to commit a mass shooting or mass bombing because of his "hatred for society." 

In the note, the suspect wrote, "The maniacal side of my brain, he's a fun little guy. And by that, I mean he genuinely hates and actively wants to murder every single human I come across, as well as those I've never seen in my life."

He also wrote, "I have far too much knowledge about bombs and guns for my mentality, especially considering how much I tend to plan things out. I would likely construct some heavy duty explosives to set off in a crowd if I did a terror attack, like some fo the ones ISIS uses, just modified to my tastes."  

The arrest report states Constantin's friends told authorities he was experimenting with explosives off campus. 

Later, at a nearby hospital, Constantin told police he never intended to use the guns and ammo to harm people, according to the arrest report. He said the guns were for protection "in case of a major incident." 

"Timothy Constantin stated if he wanted to do a mass killing incident, he would use explosive devices because they're easy to make, easy to conceal and easy to synchronize, inflict mass chaos and mass damage," the arrest report states. 

Constantin told authorities he constructed explosive devices with PVC pipe and black powder he got from deconstructing ammunition and fireworks, according to police. 

On November 14, one of Constantin's friends was interviewed by police. He told authorities the suspect would take explosive devices "to the forest" to use them, the arrest report states. 

The friend said Constantin told him one of the primary reasons he wanted to commit suicide was to prevent himself from doing something stupid and killing other people, according to police.

"He felt he was trying to do this now because left unchecked a part of him had already decided to potentially do something that might have fallen under a classification of a terrorist attack over winter break," the friend told police. 

Constantin is out on $75,000 bail.  His next court date is set for February 15 in Division Court.


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