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Footage of weapons and explosive chemicals retrieved by the Montgomery County Bomb Squad at the Bethesda, Md. home of 18-year-old Collin McKenzie-Gude on Tuesday.
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Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 6, 2008; Page A01

Police found a map of Camp David marked with a presidential motorcade route inside the Bethesda home of the teenager at the center of a bombmaking probe, along with a document that appears to describe how to kill someone at a distance of 200 meters, a Montgomery County prosecutor said yesterday at a court hearing.

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Collin McKenzie-Gude, 18, also had two forms of fake identification: one portraying him as a Central Intelligence Agency employee, and the other in the name of a federal contractor purportedly protected by the Geneva Conventions, authorities said.

The investigation has expanded to include officials from the CIA, FBI and Secret Service, prosecutors said. McKenzie-Gude, who is in the Montgomery County jail, faces charges that include weapons violations, possession of explosives and attempted carjacking. At the house last week, police found more than 50 pounds of chemicals, assault-style weapons and armor-piercing bullets.

The allegations revealed yesterday were the latest development in an expanding investigation that has engulfed the family of three that lives on a leafy street that a neighbor calls the "Leave It to Beaver" community.

McKenzie-Gude was considered a fine student at St. John's College High, the private school in the District from which he recently graduated. He was scheduled to start classes this fall at American University's School of International Service.

His father, Joseph Gude, 62, a retired Air Force captain who works for the Treasury Department, also was charged in the case, accused of buying guns for his son. McKenzie-Gude's mother, Debra McKenzie-Gude, holds a master's degree in social work.

"Their whole world has been turned upside down," said Steven Kupferberg, the attorney for Collin McKenzie-Gude. "Collin is the apple of their eye."

A 17-year-old St. John's student was charged as a juvenile in connection with the case. The student was not identified because of his age.

Until recently, the student worked as an intern at a Montgomery County police district station, where authorities said he stole police letterhead stationery that was used to obtain items restricted to law enforcement personnel.

Investigators said they were trying to determine the intentions of McKenzie-Gude and the St. John's student. Attorneys for McKenzie-Gude, his father and the student said their clients did not intend to hurt anyone. Kupferberg said police have rushed to judgment against McKenzie-Gude.

"Collin has never been in trouble before," Kupferberg said in court yesterday, adding that McKenzie-Gude participated in ROTC and "was never considered to be a disciplinary problem in any sense."

Rene Sandler, an attorney for the teenage student, said his client was not connected with an attempted carjacking in which McKenzie-Gude was charged.


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