The family of suspect Anthony Saxon say they are stunned by his Tuesday arrest.
In a telephone interview this morning, Rhonda Saxon said she came home to find her home being searched by authorities and that her husband of 15 years was in custody.
Anthony Saxon, 34, of Keysville was arrested Tuesday after Fort Gordon authorities say they discovered explosives and “military like” items in his knapsack. He was charged with impersonating a soldier.
“He was in the military at one time,” his wife said. “I was under the impression we moved here because he had a job at Fort Gordon.”
She and her husband moved from Florida to Keysville in December.
“I don’t understand,” Saxon said. “I was under the impression he was leaving for Iraq Thursday.”
She said she arrived home Tuesday to find police officers, FBI and the bomb squad removing items. She said they removed all her sons’ guns and several grenades and bombs her husband made to look like the real thing.
“My husband has never been in trouble before. He’s really a good guy.”
Saxon said there are so many things that aren’t adding up. She said she’s personally heard voicemail messages from officials at Fort Gordon telling her husband when and where to meet on base.
She said her husband has always been infatuated with the military.
Rhonda Saxon’s three sons always looked up to their daddy.
Her oldest son, a 13-year-old, said he wanted to be just like his dad and his mother said the child doesn’t understand why his father was arrested.
“All of the kids adore him,” she said. “He’s a great dad.”
“I just don’t understand how this could have been a lie for 15 years,” she said.