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Ohio man accused of bombing attack on boyfriend of woman who spurned his romantic interest

   March 13, 2021 12:41 AM
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by David K. Li

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An Ohio man, who played the live-action role-playing game Dagorhir, delivered a pipe bomb to severely wound the boyfriend of a woman who spurned his romantic interest, authorities said Thursday.

Clayton Alexander McCoy, 30, a resident of Chesterland, was arrested and charged with transporting an explosive device with intent to injure and using a destructive device in a violent crime, according to a federal criminal complaint.

The victim was seriously injured after opening a package bomb inside his Manchester, Maryland, home on Oct. 30, authorities said.

Shrapnel struck his "chest, legs and front of (his) body" and the victim wasn't released from the hospital until Nov. 17, though he's still undergoing rehab, said Dawn Machon, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in the complaint.

The victim's girlfriend "has known McCoy for approximately seven years, since McCoy became a member of the Dagorhir community," according to Machon.

Dagorhir is a live-action role-playing battle game with full-contact melee fighting between players wearing medieval-style garb and wielding weapons made of foam or other lightweight, harmless material.

Carroll County, Maryland, Sheriff Jim DeWees likened Dagorhir to Civil War re-enactments.

McCoy and the victim's girlfriend had been close and were even planning a camping trip together, according to the complaint. But around Oct. 12, McCoy told her "that he had had feelings for her" but she "did not feel the same way and was in a relationship" with the victim, Machon wrote.

Following the blast, the girlfriend told investigators that McCoy, "like most members of the Dagorhir, is proficient at wood and metal and may have the ability to have create the device that exploded," according to the complaint.

The victim had also known the suspect through Dagorhir but "did not think McCoy would be responsible for this incident," Machon wrote.

Google and Verizon data linked mobile devices owned by McCoy to a nearly seven-hour journey that started in Chesterland at 1:24 a.m. and ended in Manchester on Oct. 30, federal investigators said.

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