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Fort Worth man remains jailed in explosives investigation; sister released

FORT WORTH — Federal authorities want to continue to detain a 25-year-old Fort Worth man whose arrest Tuesday, along with that of his sister, led to the discovery of explosive devices inside their home, police said.

A detention hearing for Jack Arvil Taylor, who remained in the Mansfield Jail on Wednesday, is planned for Monday.

The government’s request came during an initial hearing Wednesday for Jack Taylor and Amy Catherine Taylor, 29, on a federal counterfeiting complaint. Amy Taylor was released from federal custody after the hearing, said Kathy Colvin, a spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney’s office.

According to the complaint, filed Tuesday, the siblings are accused of trying to obtain a $600 money order at a Wal-Mart in July using counterfeit $100 and $50 bills.

Fort Worth police identified the Taylors as suspects after store surveillance cameras captured video of the car they used. The complaint states that when questioned by authorities before Tuesday’s arrest, Amy Taylor admitted that she and her brother had tried to pass counterfeit money.

Police and Secret Service agents went to the Taylors’ residence in the 3000 block of Meadowmoor Street on Tuesday morning to arrest the pair on forgery warrants when they spotted what appeared to be homemade explosives and weapons inside.

Search warrants were obtained, and the Fire Department’s bomb squad was brought in to dispose of the three suspected explosive devices. Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman, said one device was confirmed to be an explosive and the other two were deemed “probable explosive material.”

As police continued to search the home late Tuesday, three similar devices were found about 9 p.m., Henderson said.

He said the Secret Service confiscated counterfeiting equipment, including two computers and a printer, that investigators believe were used to print $100 and $50 bills on washed $5 bills.

“The process they were using was very basic and not very sophisticated,” Henderson said.

He said police also found six rifles, including an AK-47 and an AR-15 mounted on a tripod and pointing out a bedroom window, and a “tremendous amount of ammunition.”

Tom Crowley, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said criminal charges for the explosives are possible.

“At this time it does not look like there were any firearm violations, but obviously we’ll continue to check into that,” he said.

Henderson said that the siblings are not suspected of being involved with anti-government or supremacist groups but that the investigation into their backgrounds and possible motives continues.

Relatives have said that Jack Taylor liked to make modified firecrackers and collect guns as a hobby, not to do harm.

“They’ve never been in trouble before in their life,” Shirley Calabrese, their mother, said Wednesday. “It’s so upsetting.”

Calabrese, who has lived with her children since August, said she was not aware such devices were in the home.

“I don’t go in those kids’ rooms. They’re private. What they do in their rooms is their business,” she said.

“If I would have even known about anything being in this house like that, I would have gotten out of here and I would have taken it into my hands to see what I needed to do about it,” she said.

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