NEW YORK — A furious felon hell-bent on getting revenge on cops who arrested him in 2014, sent a package bomb to an address he mistakenly thought was the officers’ homes, killing an elderly man who lived there instead, authorities said.
Victor Kingsley, 37, of Brooklyn had plotted to get back at the officers who had arrested him for carrying a stun gun four years ago — charges that were later dropped — and had been slowly assembling bomb-making materials for months, the FBI said.
But Kingsley had mistakenly identified a Queens address as being where one of the officers lived and sent the bomb — packed in a cardboard tube — there in July. It was instead opened by the 73-year-old landlord, George Wray, who was severely burned by the explosion and died days later.
“Kingsley’s cowardly act was meant to target a New York City Police Officer for doing his job and resulted in the tragic death of an unintended victim,” said New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
Authorities say despite the botched bombing, Kingsley continued to collect bomb-making material and appeared to be preparing to attack others involved in his arrest.
Initially cops thought the bombing may have been gang-related, but were able to zero in on what really happened after they were able to recover the singed address label from the package. On it was the name “Mac” — a reference to the targeted officer — and a return address that was that of the NYPD’s 67th Precinct where Kingsley was arrested.
Kingsley was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and could face up to life in prison in convicted.