Florida man who collected Nazi memorabilia arrested after explosives found in his home

Fricke, who investigators said was a German national, had Nazi memorabilia and antisemitic materials in his home at the time of his arrest.

An Italian police handout photo shows weapons, Nazi flags and a picture of dictator Benito Mussolini from the homes of members of a far-right movement celebrating white supremacism and allegedly trying to build a new fascist party, during an operation carried out in 18 Italian provinces, in Italy, M (photo credit: POLIZIA DI STATO/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
An Italian police handout photo shows weapons, Nazi flags and a picture of dictator Benito Mussolini from the homes of members of a far-right movement celebrating white supremacism and allegedly trying to build a new fascist party, during an operation carried out in 18 Italian provinces, in Italy, M
(photo credit: POLIZIA DI STATO/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

A man from Central Florida was arrested on Tuesday after authorities found explosive devices, chemicals and other materials used to make bombs in his home, local media reports.

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, a woman who had been staying at the home of Marcus Fricke, 55, contacted police on Friday and explained that he was building explosives at home – and was waiting for a shipment of chemicals to finish his explosive devices when she contacted authorities.

Fricke, who investigators told WFTV-Orlando was a German national, had Nazi memorabilia and antisemitic materials in his home at the time of his arrest – though authorities maintain it is not clear if he was targeting any specific individuals or groups.

“Weird obsession with explosives”

After executing a search warrant at Fricke’s home, police found four live bombs and three others near completion – as well as explosive materials, including 50 pounds of ammonium nitrate.

"The fact is that he could’ve done a lot of real damage – not only to me but my other neighbors as well."

Anonymous neighbor
A Nazi armband with a swastika displayed in the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany (credit: Wikimedia Commons)A Nazi armband with a swastika displayed in the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

"He had his house full of them, and they were all over the place," Lt. John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office explained. "On Friday night he was threatening to kill himself and blow the house up."

Neighbors told FOX 35 Orlando that intense explosions coming from his house have become a common – and frightening – occurrence over the last three years.

"I always hear a lot of ‘boom, boom, boom, boom, boom’ everywhere," said neighbor Anna Ramirez. "I heard the other day one loud boom. I looked and there was a fire. That was definitely not a gun."

Fricke, who was arrested on several charges, has been visited by authorities numerous times over the last few years for his behavior and had previously been taken into custody for mental evaluations.

"The fact is that he could’ve done a lot of real damage – not only to me but my other neighbors as well," a neighbor who responded anonymously told FOX 35.