ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - He says he's a brother to the militia with a dislike for the government, especially law enforcement. What cops say they found at his two homes, makes one get the feeling he's not all talk.
Tod Bartels is well known to law enforcement and he thinks the rules don't apply to him. What cops say they found on him could have killed a lot of people.
Cops say Bartels refuses to register his truck, because he's anti-government. KRQE News 13 now knows what State Police found in his home in Reserve, the mountain town between Gallup and Silver City and in his RV hidden out in the woods.
Cops say they found drawings and weapons.
Catron County deputies and a State Police arrested Bartels in October after they say he assaulted a deputy and rammed another's car after a traffic stop.
Bartels claims deputies in the area are after him and that they are planting evidence against him. His ramblings during the arrest led them to get warrants for his RV in the woods and for a home he shared with his girlfriend.
Not only was Bartels building trip wire bombs and IED's, he'd also crafted a home-made rocket launcher. Cops say he was thinking of ways to take down a helicopter and even an osprey.
His sketches on a notebook seized from his home was one of a massive stack of evidence obtained from state police.
Cops say they also found information on militia and anti-government groups and counterfeit $20 in Bartels notebooks.
Bartels has been charged with everything from making and having explosives to aggravated assault on cops and fleeing. He's still behind bars in Catron County.
Bartels also had detailed information about deputies he didn't like in those stacks of notebooks.
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