Pipe bomb found during traffic stop

Campbell pipe bomb

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) — A Struthers man is behind bars after police found a pipe bomb in his car during a traffic stop.

Paul Trimacco Jr., 32, is being held at the Campbell City Jail on a felony charge of possession of a dangerous ordnance and a misdemeanor charge of failure to properly secure a dangerous ordnance. He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Campbell Municipal Court.

Officers pulled over Trimacco’s vehicle just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of Seventh Street and Wilson Avenue. During the stop, it was discovered the driver did not have a license, but officers found a 15-inch pipe bomb in the back pocket of the passenger seat.

After Trimacco was arrested, Campbell police called the Youngstown Bomb Squad to remove the bomb.

“It’s definitely unique. It’s definitely something you don’t see every day of your life on routine patrol. This is something that’s a once in a career type thing. And it’s definitely scary. You don’t know how stable or unstable the device is. And you’re unaware of what the intentions of the device were,” said Campbell Police Sgt. John Rusnak.

Trimacco is no stranger to law enforcement. In September, he was accused of making up a story about a break-in at his West Lewis Street home. Police said he made up the break-in, including the fact the burglar shot him during an exchange of gunfire, to cover up the fact he accidentally shot himself earlier in the day while testing a flak jacket.

Trimacco was charged in the Sept. 17 incident with inducing panic, falsification and endangering children. He is due in Struthers Municipal Court for a pre-trial on the inducing panic charge March 12, according to court records.

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