CINCINNATI - They said they weren't hurting anyone with fake 911 calls and homemade bombs.
A 12-count indictment issued Wednesday claims that David Jacobs, 19, of Montgomery and Grant Fisher, 18, of Blue Ash placed fraudulent emergency calls to local law enforcement agencies and set off the chemically-charged explosive devices they made.
The case began Saturday when an emergency response team was called to Jacob's home in Montgomery. They were backing up members of the Blue Ash Police Department who were serving search warrants.
"(He was) reporting a variety of things from someone in a home with a weapon to bombs exploding to kids throwing snowballs," Julie Wilson, spokesperson for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, said of Jacobs.
Wilson said the fraudulent calls were made during a several-month period from November until about March.
Blue Ash police aren't saying much about the case, but sources told WCPO there were dozens of other fake 911 calls unnecessarily tying up first responders.
"If someone thinks it's funny – ‘oh, let's call 911 and have them go down the street when there's nothing there’ – and then something real is happening in another location, that could be very serious," Wilson said.
Jacobs and his co-defendant also face arson charges and other charges related to making and exploding bombs, including unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance and illegal possession of substances for chemical weapons.
Wilson said the bombs were made out of everyday materials.
"(They were) the homemade kind of bombs involving materials that you and I could purchase at any hardware story, we might have in our garage right now,” she said. “You mix (the components) together and they were able to explode."
The indictments against the men claim some explosions occurred Feb. 22 in a wooded area behind Fisher's home on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash.
"I heard four very loud explosions behind Sunny Delight (Beverages Co.) on Reed Hartman (Highway). I was just very concerned," a motorist told a Hamilton County dispatcher on the night Fisher is accused of exploding the devices.
Fisher's aunt told WCPO her nephew wasn't trying to hurt anyone.
But Wilson said intentions don’t necessarily matter in this situation.
"Obviously when you're engaged in this kind of behavior, you're making these kind of bombs, you're exploding them, that's the very real risk that you or somebody else could be hurt," she said.
All of the charges against both men are felonies. The most serious count – possession of dangerous ordinance – carries a maximum eight-year prison term for a conviction.
Additional charges are expected.
Jacobs is held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, Fisher was not in custody Wednesday night.