Fifty-year-old Francis Gerald Grady has been arrested on a probation violation and charged with two federal counts for placing a bomb on the windowsill of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute Sunday night. A security camera tape led to his arrest on Monday. The Federal charges were filed on Tuesday. They consist of arson of a building used in interstate commerce and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services.
Grady has a long criminal history, going back at least to a 2004 conviction for manufacturing and distributing cocaine, multiple bail skips, a 2011 conviction for resisting and obstructing a police officer and a similar arrest this past March. During a court appearance on Wednesday, Grady gave the usual reason for attacking Planned Parenthood “They are killing babies in there.”
There is still work to do in assuring that the arrest leads to a conviction. The security tape is grainy. The only thing that is clear is the vehicle used by the bomber and Grady was arrested in the vehicle. The bomb broke a window and set off a small fire that had burned out before the fire department arrived. The fact that it was a Planned Parenthood clinic raised the crime from the level of a nuisance to the involvement of the FBI, the ATF and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Grady was held in the Outagamie County Jail, but with the filing of the Federal charges, he will be or has been transferred to Federal custody.