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Carlmont Grad Arrested for Allegedly Possessing Weapon of Mass Destruction

The 19-year-old Russian national lists San Carlos as his hometown on his Facebook page.

Vladislav Miftakhov at CHS graduation in 2013 (photo by Jane Miftakhov); and booking photo from Altoona (PA) Police Dept.
Vladislav Miftakhov at CHS graduation in 2013 (photo by Jane Miftakhov); and booking photo from Altoona (PA) Police Dept.

A teenage Russian national who graduated from Carlmont High School last spring, was arrested in his college town of Altoona, PA on Friday on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, police in Altoona, Pa. said.

According to Fox News, 19-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov is in custody in Blair County (PA) Prison. His bail has been set at $500,000 as reported by the Altoona Mirror.

Altoona Mayor Matthew Pacifico said Miftakjov is a student at Penn State University Altoona, according to the Fox report. 

The report says police discovered the alleged bomb while investigating an alleged marijuana growing operation. 

Sources tell Belmont Patch that Miftakjov attended Carlmont High School and graduated in June 2013. Miftakjov's Facebook page lists San Carlos as his hometown, and contains photos and videos of his time as a student at Carlmont.

Miftakjov is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering another person, and several drug-related charges, according to a press release posted on the Altoona Police Department Facebook page.

"The bomb was safely deconstructed by experts from the Pennsylvania State Police Bomb Squad," the statement read.

Miftakhov allegedly told investigators he bought the bomb-making materials online over the past few weeks, however, police did not release any details about a possible motive or possible targets. 

The Altoona Police Department said federal agencies had been notified and are assisting with the investigation, according to the Fox News report. 

Miftakhov is listed in the Penn State Altoona directory as an engineering major.

Belmont Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 


Dan Young January 26, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Miftakjov majored in engineering but apparently thinks the road to success in today's America is in growing pot.
DB January 26, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Interesting that none of the news source mentioned this post on his facebook: Do you believe Bind Laden is dead? No?
Mike Alcantar January 27, 2014 at 11:37 AM
OMFG i knew this kid he ate lunch with us at Carlmont all the time he was such a good kid what happened...
Steve Hayes January 27, 2014 at 01:16 PM
I hope some kids out there are paying attention and learn something from this. Even if this kid had no bad intentions, he is in a heap of trouble. Five years ago another freshman engineering student at UCD was arrested for doing similar things. In that case they determined he never intended to harm anyone but he was guilty of being reckless, stupid and breaking bomb making laws. The UCD student was kicked out of school, spent 150 days in jail, given three years of probation and cost his parents many thousands of dollars in legal fees. The student who went to Carlmont also faces deportation since he is a Russian citizen.
Hayden Moore January 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM
I have to admit.... This entire story is incredibly vauge... who ever wrote it needs todo so again...
Phillip Bailey January 28, 2014 at 05:51 PM
@Hayden Moore who wrote: I have to admit.... This entire story is incredibly vauge... who ever wrote it needs todo so again. I must admit Hayden you get the knucklehead award. The article is well written and ends with the sign of a good reporter: "Belmont Patch will update this story as more information becomes available". Also the name of the author is (always) in full view.

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