The Latest: Man charged in bomb plot at Missouri 9/11 site

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Posted: Sep 11, 2015 12:33 PM

ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the case of a man accused of posing online as an Australian resident and trying to help plan a bomb attack on a Sept. 11 memorial in Missouri. All times local.

12:30 p.m.

The family of a Florida man accused of trying to help plan an attack on a 9/11 memorial in Missouri lives in a two-story clapboard house on a big lot in a neighborhood with huge live oak trees.

The garage door was open and there were signs of younger children, toys and bicycles were scattered throughout.

The father of suspect Joshua Goldberg declined to comment when approached by an Associated Press reporter.

Ronald Hoose, 52, lives two houses down from the family, describing them as "a nice-enough All-American family."

He said he's never seen Joshua Goldberg and thought of him as a recluse.

12:30 p.m.

A criminal complaint gives details of the arrest of a Florida man accused of trying to help plan an attack on a 9/11 memorial in Missouri.

On Wednesday, federal agents served a search warrant at the family's home and took Joshua Goldberg into custody.

The complaint says Goldberg admitted under questioning that he had provided an informant with bomb-making information.

However, Goldberg claimed that it wasn't his intention for the attack to be carried out.

The complaint says Goldberg "claimed that he intended for the individual to either kill himself creating the bomb or, if not, that he intended to alert law enforcement just prior to the individual detonating the bomb."

12:20 p.m.

Law enforcement authorities say a Florida man posed online as an Australia resident and tried to help plan an attack on a 9/11 memorial in Missouri by providing details on how to build a bomb with a pressure cooker and rat poison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg of Orange Park was arrested and charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

A criminal complaint says Goldberg began communicating online with an FBI informant in July. The document says Goldberg instructed the agent to place the bomb at a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

Australian Federal Police say a witness reports that Goldberg's online personas were part of a hoax and that he was actually a "proponent of radical free speech."

They also say Goldberg will face additional charges there.

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8:40 a.m.

A Florida man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after authorities say he was trying to help plan an attack on an upcoming 9/11 memorial in Missouri.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg was arrested and charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

A criminal complaint says Goldberg, of Orange Park, about 15 miles south of Jacksonville, began communicating online with an FBI informer in July and gave that person information on how to build a bomb with a pressure cooker, nails and rat poison. The complaint says Goldberg instructed the informer to place the bomb at a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, commemorating the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Goldberg had an attorney to contact for comment on the case.