From Daniella Silva's 4-6-17 NBC News article entitled "MIT Grad Nicolai Mork Arrested on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction Charges" (note, in particular, paragraph seven):
"An MIT graduate was arrested on charges of terrorism and possession
of weapons of mass destruction, authorities said late Wednesday — and
his mother told NBC News she believes her son suffered a 'mental
"Nicolai Howard Mork, 40, was indicted by a
grand jury on Wednesday in Las Vegas on charges related to terrorism and
weapons of mass destruction, Las Vegas police said. He was arrested
without incident at his home Wednesday night, police said.
"Bail was set a $1 million per count, for a total of $8 million, according to court documents.
"Mork is accused of planting several incendiary
devices, such as Molotov cocktails, to be ignited in multiple locations
in the Las Vegas area from Oct. 24 to Dec. 31, 2016, according to the
indictment. He was also charged with possessing components of an
incendiary device with the intent to manufacture an explosive, and with
possessing a Walther P22 .22 caliber handgun with an altered serial
number and a silencer.
"Deputy Chief Chris Jones, director of the Las Vegas police Homeland
Security Division, told NBC News on Thursday that investigators found at
least eight explosive devices in two residential neighborhoods in Las
Vegas beginning in late October.
"'We started seeing this pattern as these
devices were deployed and then similarities in the devices and the
substances that they were constructed out of,' he said.
"'It appears that his actions were basically
focused on grievances that he had based on perceived wrongdoings,' Jones
said. 'He thought people were following him. He thought certain groups
were following him.'
"Jones said some of the devices had 'partially
exploded, some had partially ignited and others were still intact.' No
one was hurt, he added.
"Mork's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"The suspect's mother, Joan Mork, 70, told NBC
News that she believed her son had suffered 'some sort of mental
breakdown' and that he was acting paranoid the last time she saw him.
"'We believe that he has had some sort of
mental breakdown or an enormous shift in his usual thinking, and we
hope, with all our hearts, that he will get the help he needs and not
just be punished,' she said from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, on
"'This is a young man — he's in his 40s now — but he was always
brilliant and had many kinds of distinctions throughout his time and in
our home and in college,' she said.
"She said that Mork was 'extremely afraid and
angry' with the Church of Scientology and that he believed he was being
monitored by members of the group."
To read the rest of Silva's article, click HERE.