MARLBORO TOWNSHIP, Ohio– The Fox 8 I-Team is uncovering more about a man suspected of plotting to blow up a local police station with mannequins.
Jim Ward, 83, said he is still shocked the FBI and police officers were at his home Tuesday. He said his 51-year-old son, Tim, has been living with him for several months and he didn’t believe he would harm anyone.
“I knew he had mannequins, but he never said anything about hurting police or anyone,” Jim Ward said.
He said his son had been living with him since March .
“He is an artist,” Jim Ward said. “He was very good with drawing and painting, and he did a lot with the mannequins.”
He also said he didn’t know what his son kept in the basement, but he allowed a FOX 8 camera to go down and check it out. There were mannequins and a few other items.
Jim Ward said the FBI removed some mannequins, several guns and ammunition from the house. Jim said he was a hunter, and the guns and ammunition belonged to him.
“I tried to tell police the guns and that stuff was mine,” Jim Ward said.
Tim Ward was arrested Tuesday on a weapon charge and two counts of retaliation.
Marlboro police said they were told Tim Ward was planning to injure officers and blow up the station with mannequins. Jim Ward said he thinks a former girlfriend who is angry at his son may have given police false information.
“He said ‘Dad, I didn’t do anything,'” Jim Ward said. He also said his son suffered from mental health issues.
Tim Ward is being held in the Stark County Jail on $1 million bond. He is due in court next month.