"I saw him about three o'clock getting into his car and he didn't look up at me, he kinda kept his head down," Cindy Reed said. "I've known him since he was little and it just shocked the whole neighborhood when we heard about it, and my older boy got upset and said mom I can't believe he did something like that."
Wilson is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 30.
Wilson was given the following awards during his service in the Army:
- National Defense Service Medal
- Iraq Campaign Medal, with campaign star
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards)
- Combat Infantry Badge
A Roanoke man has been arrested in connection to an explosion Wednesday morning at a Blacksburg apartment building, as well as a bomb scare in Roanoke on Wednesday night.
Derick Gregory Wilson, 23, of Roanoke was arrested and charged with the manufacture, possession, use of fire bombs or explosive materials. He’s also facing charges of possession of bomb-making materials. Those materials were found inside of a home in the 400 block of Bonhill Drive NW around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, police say.
A search warrant was obtained for the Roanoke home as part of an investigation in the Town of Blacksburg where a pipe bomb was detonated early Wednesday morning outside of an apartment building at 408 Harrell Street. Investigators say that happened around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Outside of the Roanoke home on Wednesday evening, police surrounded the home and blew something up inside. Officers were heard yelling “Fire in the hole, fire in the hole.” A short time later, there was an explosion. Officers told people who live nearby to stay inside.
"An officer came to the door and said I need you to get her out of the pool and you guys need to stay in the house,” said Elizabeth Richardson, who lives in the Roanoke neighborhood.” I'm like OK, and he's like we need to remove something from the house. I'm like my house? He said, no, two doors up on the other side and he said ‘I'll be honest with you, there's a bomb in that house.’ We need everyone to stay in their houses and I'm like, oh good lord."
Wilson is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond.
The Wednesday morning explosion in Blacksburg appeared to damage a red Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle had several Virginia Tech stickers on it, including a Virginia Tech lacrosse sticker. When crews towed away the vehicle Wednesday afternoon, the front of the vehicle was hidden by a tarp and yellow bags.
Harrell Street is near the library in downtown Blacksburg, and a few blocks from the Virginia Tech campus.
Tyler Waski lives in the apartment building on Harrell Street where the device was detonated outside of.
“I didn't hear anything. I didn't see anything. I don't even know what happened. I woke up to the cops beating on my door,” Waski said.
Julia Rosa lives near the apartment building. She said the sound was “kinda like when you are on a military base, and they are practicing in the firing range. That's what it sounded like.”
Rosa walked by the apartment building Wednesday afternoon. “Just walking by I had the chills,” Rosa said.
Jordann Orbedorff also lives nearby.
“We heard it. We were studying, and as soon as the dryer went off, there was the beeps of the dryer, and then there was a huge bang. That's what we heard.”
Blacksburg Police Chief Kim Crannis said the original 911 call came in around 2:50 a.m. The person who called 911 said they thought they heard a gunshot or explosion.
When asked how big the explosion was, Crannis said: "It's still under investigation. We're not going to get into that but we did contact federal agencies and state and local to assist us in the investigation."
A bomb-sniffing dog was brought in to search the area for more devices, but nothing was found. Investigators from the ATF, Virginia State Police, and Virginia Tech Police Department are assisting the Blacksburg Police Department.