Former FAA Contract Air Traffic Controller Indicted on Federal Charges in Connection with Colorado Bombings
May 01, 2006
On May 1, Robert L. Burke, a former air traffic controller employed by Serco Management Services, Inc. (Serco), was charged in connection with a string of bombings on March 24,2006 in Grand Junction, CO. A Colorado grand jury returned a seven-count indictment charging Burke with possession of an unregistered destructive device, property damage by use of explosives, and possession of a dangerous weapon in furtherance of a crime of violence. Burke allegedly placed five improvised explosivelincendiary devices at the residences of one FAA employee and four former Serco co-workers. Three of the devices detonated (with no physical injuries resulting) and two were disarmed. Burke was dismissed from Serco in 2004 after reportedly making threatening statements to Serco employees. The ongoing investigation, led by the FBI and BATF, includes the DOT-OIG, Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation -- with assistance from FAA and the Grand Junction Fire Department. Note: The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.