Missouri Men In Custody On Gun Charges Allegedly Had Plans To Bomb Gateway Arch

| by Jared Keever

Two Missouri men indicted last week on federal weapons charges had plans to detonate a bomb at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, unnamed sources close to the investigation have said. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis also allegedly planned to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.

Baldwin and Davis were arrested last week for making false written statements while filling out paperwork to purchase two Hi-Point .45 caliber pistols. Another unnamed source told CBS News the two men allegedly purchased explosive material in an FBI sting operation. 

The indictment for the charges relating to the gun purchase was unsealed Friday as the St. Louis area was bracing for another round of protests in the wake of a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. The charging documents make no mention of explosives or bomb plots. 

But the Post-Dispatch sources say additional charges, stemming from the alleged plots, will be filed soon. 

No details for the plot were given other than to say Baldwin and Davis planned to detonate a bomb at the Gateway Arch’s observation deck. There was no mention from the sources as to how the two men might get a bomb past the airport-style security at the popular landmark. 

It was also not disclosed whether the alleged plots to kill McCulloch and Jackson involved the use of more explosives. 

Davis and Baldwin pleaded not guilty to the weapons charges Tuesday. 

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan declined to answer questions about rumored, future charges. He directed reporters to Marc Raimondi, of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. But Raimondi refused to comment on “anything beyond what was in the public document available through the court.”

Baldwin’s public defender declined to comment, but Davis’ attorney, John Lynch, promised to mount a strong defense for what he called a “pretty serious” gun charge.

Baldwin and Davis both remain in custody after waiving their right to a bail hearing. 

Lynch explained why. 

“This particular case involves serious issues, especially in light of the Ferguson matter,” he said. “My client is entitled to a patient analysis and due process like anybody else, and he looks forward to a vigorous defense.”

Sources: St. Louis Post-DispatchCBS News / Photo Credit: Wikipedia