Wrentham gun suspect bought gun parts from China, police say | Local news


WRENTHAM – Man arrested last week at his May Street home in a raid in which police seized five assault rifles is suspected of purchasing gun parts online from China , according to court records obtained Monday by The Sun Chronicle.

The suspect, Michael R. Roby, 38, allegedly ordered two devices to make a fully automatic Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun capable of firing 1,200 rounds per minute, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by an investigator of the state police.

Roby’s home, which is near King Philip Regional High School, was raided by federal, state and local law enforcement officials on Friday.

In addition to the five AR-15 assault rifles, police seized a Glock 9mm handgun, nine high-capacity rifle magazines, an assortment of ammunition, two silencers and five homemade explosive devices. None of the guns had serial numbers, state police said.

Two days before the morning raid, a package shipped from China containing two selectors and addressed to Roby was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the courier branch of JFK International Airport in New York City, according to the 16-page affidavit.

State Police say selectors are illegal and considered bump stock.

“The installation of these conversion devices is quick and simple, requiring no technical expertise” and can be completed by removing a protective plate on the gun and replacing it with the selector, “according to the affidavit.

The package was flagged because a review of the shipping manifest revealed that “GLOCK SWITCH” was the description of the cargo, the affidavit states.

Customs officials attempted to identify the company in China, but every time authorities identify and close the website the company is using, a new website appears, making it difficult to locate, the staff said. of the state police. Sean Barry wrote in the affidavit.

Barry is a task force officer with US Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities executed the search warrant and arrested Roby after he allegedly accepted the package from a U.S. postal inspector disguised as a package delivery driver, state police said.

A check of Roby’s Facebook page revealed that his favorites included four websites that sold assault rifle parts, firearms, ammunition and accessories, according to the affidavit.

The Facebook page was no longer available on Monday.

After the raid, Roby, who is not licensed to own the guns, allegedly admitted to purchasing parts and assembling the guns at his home. He told police he believed he could possess the guns at his home, court records show.

In Wrentham District Court he faces 31 charges of weapons, four counts of possession of explosive devices and illegal possession of fireworks. Innocent pleas were entered in his name by the court.

The bond was set at $ 50,000 in cash on Friday and it was sent to the Dedham House of Correction, but a spokesperson for the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday Roby was no longer in custody at the jail .

Roby could not be reached for comment Monday at two phone numbers listed for his address.

He lives with his wife Jessica in the house they bought in January, according to the affidavit.

Roby has a criminal record that includes arrests for malicious destruction, resisting arrest, bodily harm to a police officer, battery and personal injury, drug possession and driving under the influence of alcohol. The drinking and driving case continued without a conclusion in 2002, according to the affidavit.

While setting the bail, a judge wrote that Roby had a history of non-appearing in court and that he now faces a life sentence, according to court records.

He is due to return to court next month with a lawyer.

David Linton can be reached at 508-236-0338.

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