Man arrested following FBI raid of Isle of Wight home


CARROLLTON, Va. (WAVY) — A man was arrested after dozens of FBI agents raided a home Tuesday in an Isle of Wight County community.

Law enforcement converged on the area around 8 a.m. and units from the FBI, Suffolk Police Department, Virginia State Police bomb squad and Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office were all at the scene. Authorities stayed until about 8:30 p.m. before leaving for the night.

The booking photo of Paul Longoria. He was arrested after FBI agents raided a home in Isle of Wight County on July 31, 2018, and charged with having materials to make bombs. (Credit: Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

An FBI agent told 10 On Your Side on Tuesday the search warrant was sealed and the agency would not be providing any information. WAVY’s crew was kept far back from the scene of the investigation.

A neighbor who spoke with 10 On Your Side said a husband and wife live in the home with their two sons, who are believed to be in their thirties. 

Jason Marks reported that deputies arrested Paul Longoria.

Longoria, 32, is being accused of having materials to make bombs and is being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

“Terrifying,” said neighbor Margaret Martin.  “FBI you know.  It was scary.  I didn’t know what was going on.“

That thought echoed up and down Graystone Drive Tuesday when Federal Investigators showed up early and the morning and didn’t leave until late at night.

“We knew it had to be something really big, with the FBI here yesterday,” Martin added.

According to court documents, agents were here to due to an online threat.  They traced it an IP address coming from the house.  The FBI had search warrant to collect electronic devices, but when they went in deputies say they found explosive devices in the garage and bedroom.

During the search, numerous items associated with the making of incendiary devices were located in the garage as well as an upstairs bedroom. The complaint states items found are commonly used in the manufacture of destructive devices.

Longoria admitted to owning the items during an interview with authorities, according to the complaint.

“I’m still in shock actually, because I would never think anything like that would happen in this neighborhood,” said neighbor Kelly Stevenson. 

Longoria’s father Michael told our Jason Marks that he was completely surprised at the arrest.  He went on to say that we need to support our government officials.

“It’s very scary,” neighbor Angela Adams added.  “I’ve lived here four and a half years and it’s just not something you think about.”

Longoria is behind held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond. He is scheduled to have a bond hearing Thursday morning.

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