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Local Police Arrest Russian Bomb Suspect

Neighbors are stunned after police arrest a Russian teenager who allegedly was building a bomb in Altoona.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Neighbors are stunned after police arrest a Russian teenager who allegedly was building a bomb in Altoona.

Police were searching 19 year old Vladislav Miftakhov’s home in the 100 block of North Ninth Avenue because they thought he was dealing drugs. Police say the Penn Sate Atoona engineering student was doing that but also something a lot more dangerous.

Andrew Leff lives in the same apartment building as Miftakhov. He called him the weirdest guy he ever met, and said the Russian citizen would come into their home and eat their food without asking and say weird things. Now he realizes the Miftakhov could have killed him, because he was using unstable chemicals in their apartment.

Altoona police arrested Miftakhov on several felony and misdemeanor charges like Possessing a Weapon of Mass Destruction and Risking a Catastrophe. The State Police Bomb Squad dismantled the device and no one was hurt.

Police say Miftakhov told them he ordered bomb making materials off the internet. Chelsea Garcia Ortega lives across the street. She recently got one of his packages by mistake. Now she wonders what was inside.

Altoona police and the bomb sniffing dog with the Blair County Sheriff’s office searched the apartment Saturday. And they told the people living there it was safe to stay in their homes.

Miftakhov is in the Blair County Prison on $500 thousand bail. Altoona Police are working with federal agencies to investigate. They'll release more information on Monday.

Leff says he doesn’t wish Miftakhov any ill will, but he never wants to see him again, because now he knows his former neighbor is dangerous.
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