Warren resident charged for possessing weapons as a felon, having an improvised explosive device

Posted at 4:59 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 17:08:49-05

A convicted felon from Warren has been charged for possessing weapons and an improvised explosive device, according to an affidavit unsealed on Wednesday.

Daniel Aquilina, 32, of Warren, allegedly had multiple guns and an IED inside a home that he shared with his mom.

It all started when the FBI received a tip earlier this year that Aquilina regularly carried a .38 calier handgun and possibly owned other assault-type long guns.

After conducting surveillance, agents pulled Aqulina over and found a .38 caliber revolver in his waistband and another rifle in the car.

When agents searched the home he shared with his mother, they found multiple guns, including: 

  • One WASR-10 AK47 7.26 caliber rifle
  • One Mossberg International 715T .22 caliber rifle
  • One ballistic vest with several magazines loaded with .223 caliber rounds
  • A large amount of .223 caliber rounds in two cans.

Agents also discovered the suspected IED inside a vault in the garage. They say it was a propane cylinder filled with a suspected propellant, steel shot and bullets. It also had a suspected M-series pyrotechnic device attached to the top of the cylinder.

"The bomb technicians determined that the device as a destructive device; a device that was an explosive or incendiary bomb which does or could expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant," the affidavit states.

Aquilina's mother did tell agent she bought the firearms for her son, knowing he was a convicted felon who could not purchase them himself.