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Man arrested for weapons stockpile

Feb. 11, 2010 at 9:38 PM

GLOUCESTER, Mass., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man allegedly preparing for "Armageddon" is facing charges of having a stockpile of weapons and explosive devices, police say.

Acting on a tip from a friend of the man's wife, members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Boston arrested 45-year-old Gregory Girard Tuesday night at his home in Manchester, the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times reported.

Girard was charged with four counts of possession of grenade-type explosive devices -- including tear gas and explosive pepper ball canisters -- and four counts of possession of dangerous weapons, including two police fixed batons and two expandable batons, the Daily Times said Thursday.

Girard pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the multiple weapons charges at his arraignment in Salem District Court.

"Mr. Girard indicated he was preparing for 'Armageddon' which he felt was imminent," Police Chief Glenn McKiel said. He added Girard said he felt martial law "would soon be imposed."

Police allege they also found a large supply of medicine, about 20 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the Girard condominium. They also say they discovered several pairs of handcuffs, knives, a large collection of military camouflage clothing, night vision goggles, bulletproof vests and helmets, and six months' worth of food supplies throughout the dwelling, the newspaper said.

"We don't think he was preparing to attack the community; he was preparing for domestic and political turmoil," McKiel said.

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