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May 23, 2014

Father of accused bomb maker jailed

TAHLEQUAH — The father of an accused bomb maker was jailed Thursday morning for allegedly helping his son avoid authorities.

Danny Ray Northington, 64, was booked by Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators for harboring or concealing a fugitive and possession of marijuana. Northington received a $10,000 bond.

Danny Northington’s son, 33-year-old Joby Northington, was arrested Monday afternoon by sheriff’s officials and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Investigators allege Joby Northington assembled a large, homemade bomb last month and detonated it on land owned by his ex-girlfriend’s father. Debris from the bomb was found as far as 200 yards from where it was detonated.

Authorities pinpointed Joby Northington as a suspect after the explosion was reported, and began to look for evidence. A search warrant was served at Joby and Danny Northington’s home, where authorities said they found a number of items similar to those found at the site of the explosion, including The Anarchist Cookbook with highlighted sections.

During the investigation and after an arrest warrant had been issued for Joby Northington, Danny Northington allegedly promised investigators he would help them and would let them know if his son surfaced.

But an affidavit filed this week says Danny Northington warned his son, through text messages, when authorities were near the home. Investigators received copies of the Northingtons’ text exchanges after receiving a warrant.

One text from Danny Northington to his son said the ATF “just came by the house looking for you... ,” and Joby Northington asked what the investigators were driving. According to authorities, Joby Northington had promised to turn himself in at one point, but failed to do so – and his father failed to alert authorities when Joby Northington switched vehicles at their home.

Later, Danny Northington sent a text to his son: “Don’t answer my calls anymore if I need you will get [through] Facebook.”

Authorities said they also arrested Danny Northington for a small amount of marijuana that had been found in a safe. He allegedly told authorities he uses the weed for medical purposes.

Sheriff Norman Fisher said Thursday that he appreciates the cooperation between the sheriff’s office and federal authorities.

“It often takes this sort of team work to keep our community safe,” said Fisher.

Investigators said more arrests are possible as the case continues to unfold.

Joby Northington is being held without bond. Federal charges are possible against Joby Northington.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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