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Bomb Suspect Remains In Jail

Bail not reduced for suspect.
ALTOONA - Bail for 18 year old Vladislav Miftakhov will remain at $500,000 cash. Wednesday afternoon Judge Jeffery Auker ruled that the Altoona teen and Russian citizen accused of building a bomb in his apartment is a flight risk and should be kept under close control.
 
Miftakhov, who was not at the hearing, was arrested on January 24th when Altoona police were called to his apartment on North 9th Avenue to investigate potential drugs in his room. Police say Miftakhov was growing marijuana plants, and they also found a bomb and bomb-making materials in a suitcase. Miftakhov's attorney Robert Donaldson says his client has no prior record, and while he wouldn't comment on specifics of the case just yet, he says there is much more to come.
"I'm disappointed with the Judge's ruling, of course I appreciate his ruling and rationale, but Vlad is an articulate, intelligent young man who wants to focus on his school and to paint him out as something more than that will come out later," Defense Attorney Robert Donaldson says.
 
 “He's facing charges here, you know the federal people are investigating also and he has the threat of being deported so what's going to keep you anywhere or get you back here so fortunately for us the magistrate saw the same situation we did and didn't reduce his bail,” Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio says.
 
The district attorney says they are still working with a number of different authorities to determine the best way to try the case. Miftakhov's preliminary hearing was also scheduled for Wednesday, but that has been continued until February 18th.
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