Man subdued at Westport Arts Festival charged with possessing illegal explosives
Updated 4:00 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014
A man accused of causing a scene at last summer's Westport Arts Festival, where he was eventually subdued by police using a stun gun, has been arrested at his home in Trumbull, where police said he had a cache of illegal explosives.
Eric Rogers, 39, who had been renting a home on Linley Road in Trumbull, was charged with six counts of illegal possession of an explosive device and was held in lieu of $100,000 bond pending arraignment Thursday at Superior Court in Bridgeport.
Rogers and his wife kept to themselves, according to neighbors, and did not appear to work outside the home.
Police sources said they had received reports of Rogers acting erratically, walking around with a bow and arrow and telling people he had explosives.
A search-and-seizure warrant was served by Trumbull police after receiving information that Rogers possessed what was described as several half sticks of dynamite, said Lt. Leonard Scinto.
Officers entered the home Wednesday about 10:30 a.m. and seized six M-1000s, several rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, he said. The State Police Emergency Services Unit took possession of the explosive devices.
Police said it appears Rogers possessed the guns legally, but the investigation is continuing.
Last July 22, according to Westport police, a visibly intoxicated Rogers acted belligerently toward a food vendor at the Westport Arts Festival. Police said he refused to leave the festival in the Parker Harding Plaza and became increasingly aggressive toward officers called to quell the disturbance. Rogers was eventually subdued by several officers who used a stun gun, police said.
Rogers at the time was charged with assault on an officer, breach of peace and interfering with an officer. That case is pending in Norwalk Superior Court.
CORRECTION: The headline on this article posted the morning of Feb. 13 on the Westport News website incorrectly stated that a former Westport police official had been charged in connection with a raid on a Trumbull home where police said they seized illegal explosives. The man charged, Eric Rogers, was renting the home from Gary Golas, who had retired from the Westport Police Department. Golas, however, had nothing to do with the incident, and Rogers was never employed by Westport police. The original headline was corrected on the website later that morning to accurately reflect the arrest subject.