Neighbors react after Medford man arrested for violent threats

Medford, Ore — A Medford man is in custody tonight following an investigation into threats the FBI says he made against President Obama.

The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad also says they found homemade explosive devices in his Medford apartment.

“You hear about kids setting off fire crackers and stuff, but not an actual bomb,” said neighbor Chris Gilbert.

Gilbert and his family live across the street from where John Roos was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly making threats against President Obama on social media.

“Next thing my wife knew there was some guy walking up the stairs in a full bomb uniform, he brought out something and stuck it in one of the metal containers out here and let it go,” said Gilbert.

Several homemade bombs were found after a search warrant of Roos’ apartment.

Gilbert says he didn’t know Roos well, but points out they did have one thing in common.

“He’s a 3-percenter, him and me both have the same sticker on our cars, saying that he, basically military militia, that if there war were to come here he would fight,” said Gilbert.

A Facebook page linked to Roos is littered with serious and violent threats against the president and the federal government.

“It’s definitely shocking, didn’t expect something like that to happen here,” said Gilbert.

In person, Gilbert says he never suspected a thing.

“Walked his dog a lot, kept to himself,” said Gilbert.

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