10/18/17 – A federal magistrate Tuesday ordered a northwestern Indiana man to remain jailed until his trial on charges related to a pipe bomb explosion last month at a post office.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana Magistrate Judge John Martin heard arguments Tuesday from federal prosecutors and Eric Krieg’s attorney on Krieg’s request to have a bond amount set for his release.
The judge found that the 45-year-old Munster man poses a risk to the community and is a flight risk, based on the allegations he attempted to mail a bomb to the attorney, and then sent a threatening letter to another city worker. Indiana Lawyer
Justice Department Press Release Below
Munster Man Charged With Possession Of An Destructive Device And Transporting Explosive Materials
HAMMOND – The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Eric P. Krieg, age 45, of Munster, Indiana was charged with knowing possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials.
The complaint alleges that, on or about September 6, 2017, Krieg mailed a package at an US Postal Facility in East Chicago, Indiana that exploded. On or about September 29, 2017, Krieg mailed a suspicious package to another individual. On October 12, 2017, search warrants were executed on Krieg’s residence, place of employment and vehicle. After executing the search warrants, Krieg was arrested on the above charges.
The United States Attorney’s office emphasizes that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.
If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This complaint results from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives; United States Marshal’s Service; East Chicago Police; Hammond Police; Indiana State Police; Munster Police; Porter County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua P. Kolar and Jennifer Chang.