Middletown man charged after setting explosive at Newark Planned Parenthood

Nick Perez - Delaware Online

An 18-year-old Middletown man was charged Monday in federal court after setting an incendiary device to damage the Planned Parenthood facility in Newark.

Court documents show at around 2:20 a.m. on Friday, Samuel Gulick drove to the Planned Parenthood facility in Newark. 

Video surveillance captured Gulick standing on the front porch of the building and spray-painting the phrase “Deus Vult” in red letters. Gulick then stepped off the front porch, lit an object and threw it at the front window of the Planned Parenthood facility, according to court documents.

The object exploded and Gulick ran away. The fire burned for a minute before going out, court documents said. Law enforcement identified a car operated by Gulick fleeing the scene through video surveillance taken from another business across the street, court documents said.

Court documents say law enforcement also identified Gulick through social media postings attributed to him, including posts containing the phrase “Deus Vult” and several anti-abortion posts. "Deus Vult" is Latin for "God wills [it]," the old battle cry of the Crusaders, which has been co-opted by the alt-right.

Gulick was arrested by the FBI without incident on Saturday.

He was charged with maliciously damaging a building used in interstate commerce through the use of fire or destructive device, intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services and possession of an unregistered destructive device under the National Firearms Act.

Gulick faces a statutory minimum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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