Neighbors 'glad' LaPorte Co. fugitive caught after years on the run

This LaPorte County home is where sheriff's department officials say they found homemade bombs.// Hilary Powell, WSBT 22.

It’s a day Brad Crosby recalls when he looks out his window.

"I looked out the bedroom window, and there were a big SWAT team out, and I was tucked down under the window because I could hear them shooting windows out of the house,” he says.

That day in 2014, Brad Crosby says police raided a home that now sits crumbling. Crosby lives near the home on County Road 125 in LaPorte County where sheriff's officials say they found homemade explosives inside.

Robert Ofcky has been on the run ever since. His picture on the LaPorte County Sheriff's Ten Most Wanted List is now removed after his arrest Saturday in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Neighbors say they're surprised he was found more than 900 miles away from his former home.

“We had just assumed he had taken off through the woods or something and disappeared. We never heard,” Crosby says.

Ofcky was arrested after a traffic stop in Texas. The Sulphur Springs Police Department conducted a traffic stop in which Ofcky was the driver of the vehicle in question. Booking records with the Hopkins County Jail in Texas show charges for possession of a destructive device, felony firearm possession and unlawfully making an improvised explosive device.

Neighbors say they can't believe what might have gone on behind closed doors.

"They were always shouting I could hear them from way over here fighting,” Crosby says. “The cops would show up, and there was always interaction with the police. It was just a bad scene. [Now it’s] very quiet around here. Very glad they're gone."

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