Officers from the New Albany Police Department on May 29 arrested a 23-year-old Pataskala man for allegedly making threats to place bombs at government buildings.

Noah L. McFarland was apprehended at his home on Columbia Road in Pataskala, police said.

He initially was charged with making terror threats, a third-degree felony. He also is facing a third-degree-felony charge, soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism, according to the Licking County Common Pleas Court website.

McFarland was indicted on the charges last week, according to the court website. He was scheduled to appear in court for arraignment June 12.

The investigation began when a New Albany officer was dispatched at 3:44 p.m. to Anomatic, 8880 Innovation Campus Way, according to reports. The business is in the Licking County portion of the New Albany International Business Park.

Police were told an employee of a business was seeking bomb-making materials, said Sgt. Kris Daniels. The Anomatic human-resources department alerted police because McFarland allegedly was asking co-workers if they had access to bomb-making materials, Daniels said.

McFarland allegedly made threats to detonate a bomb at government buildings, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local police departments, though he didn't specify locations, Daniels said.

New Albany police consulted with the Licking County Prosecutor's Office and investigated the report immediately, he said.

With aid from the Licking County Sheriff's Office, New Albany officers arrested McFarland at his home, Daniels said. He was transported to the Licking County jail.

Police departments have authorization to go outside their jurisdictions for crimes that have occurred within their jurisdictions, Daniels said. New Albany commonly does this, especially when investigating a felony or a violent crime, he said.

"Just because a suspect leaves my jurisdiction doesn't mean he gets away with it," he said.

New Albany police also "shared resources" with the appropriate federal agencies and would do so any time a threat related to any act considered terrorism is reported, Daniels said.

ThisWeek left messages seeking comment from Sean Grady, director of the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, about how the agency approaches terror threats.

Messages seeking comment from the Anomatic human-resources department also were not returned for this story.

McFarland previously was convicted of vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony, in 2015, according to the Licking County Court of Common Pleas website.

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