Penn State-Altoona Student Charged With Building Bombs

Also, roommate says he’d take food without permission.

AP reports that Penn State-Altoona engineering student Vladislav Miftakhov, an 18-year-old Russian citizen, has been charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction after setting off three “mini-bombs” outside his Altoona apartment. Police found the bomb-making materials Friday while searching for a marijuana-growing operation.

(Roommate) Andrew Leff tells the Altoona Mirror that he warned Vladislav Miftakhov to get rid of the bomb-making materials. He called Miftakhov “dumb” and “crazy,” but not dangerous.

“He’s the weirdest human being I’ve ever met, to be honest. He always doing abstract things but never really anything dangerous like this before.”




Leff added, "He'll just come over to my side of the apartment, take food out of the kitchen without us even giving him permission. He'll say some bizarre stuff really."

More information should be made available today about the arrest.

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  • Been to altoona

    Guys, its mandatory for freshmen to live on campus, ie, in a dorm, at penn state. So the whole story they fed the news about a crazy russian kid who acts weird, is already suspect. And the dorms on campus there are not apartments, nor are they unsupervised. Drive up there and see.

    • all you need to know

      It is only at Penn State at University Park. Freshman at the commonwealth campuses can live off campus.