SOUTH FORSYTH — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s report detailing the recent arrest of a south Forsyth man for possessing a destructive device notes his family described him as having inexplicably become a “typical doomsday person.”
Jeremy Ives, 24, had apparently kept four devices in the storage area
his family used for outdoor supplies, according to the report. The family, which included parents and two other adult siblings, made the discovery and contacted authorities.
Next to the box with the devices, which were described as water bottles with a chemical mixture and fuse, was pepper spray, .223 ammunition and several bags of fuses.” There also was a 10-pound bag of a chemical ingredient used in the bottles.
While the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s bomb disposal unit handled the situation, the sheriff’s office spoke with the other four family members who lived at the home.
Family members told authorities that Ives had recently traveled through the Baltics for six months working with a cruise company as a technician. When he returned home, they said, “his personality had changed.”
“He changed his phone number and would not give it to his family,” the report stated. “He communicated with then only through email. They were also in the process of evicting him from the residence.
“Since [he] found out about the eviction, he began referring to his parents as his landlords. [He] comes home at approximately 2 a.m. every night and leaves randomly throughout the day. They also advised that [he] had an assault rifle that he carried with him in the trunk of his vehicle.”
Ives was taken to the Forsyth County Detention Center after being picked up Nov. 16 without incident in neighboring Hall County by Forsyth deputies and Gainesville police. He was released the next day after posting $11,110 bond.
Detectives did not believe Ives had an immediate plan to use the homemade explosives, which were not posing an immediate threat to his family or neighbors, the sheriff’s office said.
A dog specialized in detecting explosives was unable to find more devices around the home.