Parents express shock after son’s arrest in D.C. bomb plot

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Parents of a Rockland County man say they are shocked to find out that their son allegedly planned to detonate a bomb in Washington, D.C. on Election Day.

News 12 spoke to Paul Rosenfeld's parents on the phone. They said they had no idea that their son was building a 200-pound bomb in the basement of his Tappan home.

Peter Rosenfeld also says the family is satisfied that the FBI found out in time and that no one was hurt.

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Investigators say Paul Rosenfeld, who lives at 27 Slocum Ave., concocted a plan to draw attention to his radical political beliefs and the idea of selecting government officials at random. He allegedly planned to detonate it at the National Mall.

The FBI raided his home on Wednesday where agents found the bomb, gun powder, and trigger devices in the basement. Authorities transported the items to a safe location.

Rosenfeld is now in federal custody. He's been charged with one count of manufacturing an explosive device and one count of bringing explosives across state lines.

He’s facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars.

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