Man Guilty of Leaving Explosive on Officer’s Car

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The man prosecutors say left an explosive device on a car owned by a Northfield Village Police Officer was found guilty of attempted aggravated arson and inducing panic on Wednesday.

According to a court docket filing by Judge Lynne S. Callahan, Justin M. Fillinger, 24, of Cleveland, pled guilty to the crimes and will be sentenced on December 28, 2011.

Prosecutors proved that Fillinger was responsible for leaving an M-1000 in the wheel well of the officer’s vehicle. The explosive was never detonated.

Northfield Village Police Chief Mark Wentz said the explosive was discovered by the department’s midnight supervisor as he left work on May 20.

Wentz said upon Fillinger’s arrest he admitted carrying out the crime, then had second thoughts.

Wentz says Fillinger told investigators he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time. When he was arrested, Fillinger also had outstanding bench warrants for failing to appear on cases in Streetsboro and Twinsburg.

<i> (Fox 8 News Reporter Dave Nethers contributed to this report.) </i>