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Second person charged in connection with explosives thrown at man from car, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 23 2013 11:10:41 PM CDT
PLAINFIELD TWP., Pa. -

A second person is facing charges in connection with explosives being thrown from a moving car at a man who had complained about a noisy party across the street from his home, officials said.

Andy M. Vanbilliard flung a quarter stick of dynamite and an M-80 at Jason Abbot from a white Saturn while Abbot was standing in the roadway in the 800 block of Benders Church Road in Plainfield Township, Northampton Co., at about 1:25 a.m. June 29, officials said.

Investigators decided to charge Vanbilliard after the driver of the car, Justin Taylor, who had been accused of throwing the explosives after the incident, went to police headquarters with his lawyer on July 16, officials said.

At that time, Taylor told investigators "the truth" about what happened on June 29 -- that Vanbilliard, a passenger in his Saturn, threw the explosives, officials said.

Taylor also told police that the explosives were not thrown because Abbot had threatened to call police if guests at the party didn't quiet down, but to create a diversion so Taylor, Vanbilliard and two of their friends could steal a keg of beer, officials said.

Vanbilliard, 22, of 1506 Washington St., Wilson, Northampton County, was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, propulsion of missiles onto a roadway, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. July 31.