NJ Doctor Found with Chemicals to Make Explosives

Roberto Rivera, 60, of Ridgewood faces several charges, including possession of a destructive device and recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury

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    A Ridgewood, N.J. doctor is charged with possession of a large quantity of bomb-making chemicals after authorities raided his home Saturday. Checkey Beckford reports.

    Prosecutors say large amounts of chemicals commonly used for making bombs and explosive devices were found at the home of a New Jersey doctor.
     
    Roberto Rivera, 60, of Ridgewood faces several charges, including possession of a destructive device and recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury. His bail was set at $1 million cash, and it was not known Saturday if he had retained a lawyer.
     
    Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says investigators also found several assault rifles and other weapons when they searched Rivera's home Friday night. Ridgewood police had initially responded to the home after receiving a report that potentially hazardous materials might be at the residence.
     
    Prosecutors said Rivera is unemployed but has a license to practice medicine in New York.

    According to a source familiar the case, Rivera told a girlfriend that he was going to build a bomb. She then alerted police. Rivera had not chosen a target.

    The source said that some anarchist literature was found in Rivera's home.

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