by: Richard Elliot Updated:LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. —
A federal magistrate judge ordered a Lilburn man held without bond after agents said they found a silencer in his home and a note detailing a possible plot to attack the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Building in Lawrenceville.
Snellville police arrested Kevin Samuel Lahey, 26, on Feb. 9 after they said he was caught attempting to shoplift merchandise from the Scenic Highway Walmart.
Two days later, one of the investigators noticed Lahey's name on a federal bulletin. They alerted federal agents who later searched the home in which Lahey lives with his parents.
There, investigators said they discovered an illegal silencer and notes detailing an alleged plot to attack the Justice Center, though a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy said the threat was "vague."
Lahey's father did not wish to speak on camera, but did call the allegations "nonsense" and "overblown," though he did say his son possessed a silencer. He also said they are a good, God-fearing family.
Channel 2 Action News looked into Lahey's past arrest record and discovered that since 2004, police have arrested him on a variety of charges such as burglary, theft, shoplifting, destroying mailboxes, battery and even child cruelty, though later some of those charges were not prosecuted.
Federal authorities have not charged Lahey with the threat, but did charge him with possessing the illegal silencer.