A man accused of strapping an explosive device to his own vehicle says he was framed.
Randy Back spoke to WYMT's Angela Sparkman about who he thinks would set him up.
Randy Back says his life was the one threatened Monday and now he's surprised he's the one accused and in jail.
He says he's been fighting his ex-wife for custody of their children and believes the explosive device is related, but police still say he put it there himself.
“Everything was a normal day, I reckon,” Back said
Monday turned into anything but normal for Randy Back.
“I already had three threatening phone calls by somebody threatening to blow me up and everything else,” Back said.
He says different police agencies also got phone calls saying his life was in danger that day, but it was on his way to work when he started to believe them.
“I stopped to get gas and I dropped my gas cap and I see two wires hanging out,” Back said.
He says he told police, who then discovered the explosive device in his car causing the evacuation until the state police bomb squad diffused it.
Back says he's thankful to be alive, but can't believe he now sits in jail.
“Following through with our investigation, doing interviews and collecting evidence, determined to us the explosive device had been placed by back himself,” Trooper Scott Hopkins said.
”Why would I run around with something like that in my vehicle?” questioned Back.
Back says he has evidence it wasn't him. He says detectives told him they traced all the bomb threat phone calls to a cell phone registered to him, but he says his ex-wife now has that phone and argues he wasn't in the same county where the calls allegedly came from. He claims his ex-wife did this to him to get full custody of their three young children. He says they've been fighting over custody since their divorce almost a year ago.
“The person out there who actually did this is still out there,” he said. “And I’m stuck in here charged with this.”
Police stand by their arrest and say Back is trying to frame her. Back says he wants to take a lie detector test.
WYMT couldn’t find Back’s ex-wife Wednesday for a comment. State Police say they are still investigating the case and aren’t releasing any details.
Back will appear in court next week.