Feds: VA ‘incel’ blows her hand in a bomb crash
When Cole Carini, 23, presented to a Virginia hospital on Wednesday with a missing hand and several fingers, he accused a lawnmower accident, according to federal authorities.
But police, who knew Carini had previously been convicted of explosives, obtained a search warrant for his Richlands home and called the FBI, reports the Daily Beast.
Investigators found no signs that the lawn had been mowed recently or of a lawnmower accident, according to an FBI affidavit.
But they found a trail of blood running from a red van down the driveway to the house and up the stairs to Carini’s bedroom, the affidavit states. In the room, investigators found more blood, pieces of flesh, a bottle of explosives and a box of rusty nails.
They also found what appeared to be a homemade bomb that had exploded, dusting the room with shrapnel, the affidavit states.
In a shed at her grandmother’s house next door, investigators found PVC pipes, wires, batteries and other potential bomb-making equipment, along with a crumpled note, the affidavit reads.
The note expressed anger at “hot cheerleaders” and admiration for Elliot Rodger, a self-proclaimed “incel” who killed six people and injured 14 others in Isla Vista, Calif., In 2014 before taking his own life. , according to the affidavit.
Incels, short for “involuntary celibate,” hates women for rejecting them as sexual partners, according to the New York Post.
The note described the strain of an imaginary suicide bomber “as he now approached the hot cheerleader scene” in a mall, vowing to be “heroic” and “make a statement” as he did. Rodgers says, says the affidavit.
When investigators questioned Carini at the hospital, he said his injuries resulted from the overturning of a lawn mower, mutilating his hands and then exploding, the affidavit states. He also denied having explosives at his home.
Carini has been accused of lying to federal investigators about how he was injured and whether or not he had explosives, according to the statement from the US attorney’s office.
“This is a situation where my son needs help, and I hope he gets the help he needs,” Carini’s mother said, The Daily Beast reported.
This story was originally published June 7, 2020 4:18 pm.