The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 6, 2014

Feds charge Penn State-Altoona student with making bomb

PITTSBURGH — Federal agents have charged an Altoona college student from Russia with making a bomb in his off-campus apartment.

The defense attorney for 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov of San Carlos, Calif., did not immediately return a call for comment on the federal charges.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh planned a news conference near the federal courts building in Johnstown where Miftakhov was to appear before a federal magistrate Thursday afternoon.

Miftakhov was arrested Jan. 24 after Altoona police say they found the materials in his rented room near the Penn State-Altoona campus.

A district judge on Wednesday refused to lower Miftakhov’s bond Wednesday so he could get out of jail.

At that proceeding, Miftakhov’s attorney told the Altoona Mirror, “Once the facts come out, people will see a different side of this.”  


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