Fugitive arrested nearly 3 years after police find cache of explosives, firearms

Robert L. Ofcky

La PORTE — A fugitive from La Porte County who had eluded capture since 2014, when police discovered a cache of firearms, ammunition and dynamite wrapped in electrical tape at his home, was arrested over the weekend in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Robert L. Ofcky, 57, was stopped by police in Texas for improper display of a license plate, according to Capt. Mike Kellems, a spokesman with the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.

Ofcky is being held in a Texas jail on two warrants, for Class C felony possession of a destructive device and Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. After he is extradited to La Porte County, he will be held on $300,000 cash bond.

Kellems said Ofcky may also face federal charges.

Deputies were called about 9 p.m. on June 2, 2014, to a home in the 7200 block of West CR-125N west of La Porte in reference to a domestic disturbance. A woman at the home said Ofcky threatened her life before fleeing into the surrounding woods.

The woman then showed police what appeared to be several 8-inch sticks of dynamite wrapped in electrical tape, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in La Porte Circuit Court.

Police later found “suspicious liquids, firearms, a great deal of ammunition, apparent booby traps and ‘doomsday prepper’ type supplies,” the affidavit states. At least 16 of the handmade explosive devices were discovered.

Investigators called a bomb squad from Porter County, and a SWAT team quickly joined the manhunt, but Ofcky was never found. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also joined the investigation.

Ofcky has a history of criminal activity. He was sentenced in 2001 to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release following his conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. That charge stemmed from a 1998 incident in which his wife at the time left the family in fear and sought a divorce.

The woman informed her attorney that numerous firearms and ammunition had been hidden in the home, according to court documents. After a search of the home, police discovered 13 rifles, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 23 ammunition magazines, miscellaneous gun parts and a copy of “The Anarchist's Cookbook.”

Being a convicted felon in possession of firearms is a federal offense.

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