TACOMA - Federal charges have been filed against a 27-year-old Bremerton man for possessing Molotov cocktails following a traffic stop last December, according to U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. Devan Lee Kluge, a convicted sex offender, was stopped by Bremerton Police the evening of December 24, 2020, due to an outstanding warrant. The Molotov cocktails were found in the trunk of Kluge’s vehicle. Kluge has been in state custody since his arrest. He will make his initial appearance on the federal charge Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
According to records filed in the case, a Bremerton Police Department officer recognized Kluge as someone being sought on an escape warrant from the Washington State Department of Corrections. Kluge was removed from his car, and his vehicle searched. Inside, officers found three glass jars containing diesel fuel with apparent cloth wicks - devices commonly referred to as “Molotov cocktails,” which are destructive devices under federal law. In addition to those destructive devices, law enforcement found brass knuckles, a crowbar, bolt cutters, a sledgehammer, walkie-talkie radios, and white plastic full-face masks.
Possession of an unregistered destructive device is punishable by up to ten years in prison.
The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Kluge is a registered sex offender who was convicted on two counts of third-degree rape in 2011.
The case is being investigated by the Bremerton Police Department with assistance from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Will Dreher.