Judge sets bond for explosive devices suspect at $500K cash

Published: Jul. 24, 2015 at 6:41 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 5:38 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The man charged in connection with an arson and explosive devices found at an Evansville restaurant made his first court appearance on Friday.

Detectives say Loving was clear and concise with his plans when they questioned him. Evansville Police detailed a 7-part video manifesto they found, detailing his plans for a potential mass killing. They say Loving told them he had planned to get a gun from a sporting goods store and would shoot anyone that stood in his way.

"When you're dealing with someone who had a plan to obtain a firearm and participate in a mass killing, then yes, it could have been horrible," said Vanderburgh County Prosecutor, Nick Hermann.

According to a police report, 25-year-old Loving was placed under 24-hour care by Compass Residential Health, which houses clients at the Sugar Mill Creek apartment complex, on Wednesday. Investigators say they found accelerant in Loving's room and determined that he was the one who set the fire at Sugar Mill Creek later that night.

The next morning, a McDonald's customer called 911 and reported a man wearing a bullet proof vest, later identified as Loving, had walked into the restaurant with a suspicious bag.

Evansville Police arrested Loving near the McDonald's on North Green River Road. We're told a Molotov cocktail and a pipe bomb were discovered in the bag. Officers say the bomb squad was able to safely dispose of both devices.

"We could have had a massive loss of lives had these events happened the way it looked like he intended them to happen," said Hermann. "Thankfully they did not."

According to the latest police report, it wasn't the first time Loving had tried to use explosives. Police say while Loving was living in Indianapolis, he had hidden bombs, "in hopes of watching them explode."

When 14NEWS called the Marion County Prosecutor's Office on Friday, they couldn't find any open or closed cases concerning Loving. The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office also ran his name through the FBI and Indiana criminal databases, with no luck.

The question on everyone's mind is if he's made bombs before, why was he not in a secure facility?

Loving is currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail. He is facing a long list of charges including at least two counts of manufacturing, transporting, and distributing explosives. We're told his mental status will be evaluated by prosecutors to see if he's even fit to stand trial.

A judge set Caleb Loving's bond at $500,000 cash on Friday. His next court date is Wednesday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

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