Midland Man Arrested for Possession of Unregistered Firearms, Criminal Complaint Shows he Built and Detonated IED's 5/7/13
CBS 7 News
May 7, 2013
Midland - Federal agents say Midland man, Steven Leonard Prewit, had dozens unregistered automatic firearms and improvised explosive devices in his possession.
Today we learned more about Prewit and the alleged acts that landed him in Federal custody.
Court documents are revealing new details about how undercover agents spent months tracking and catching Prewit in the act of detonating home-made explosions in west Texas.
Three months ago, the ATF and FBI received information that Prewit was in possession of multiple fully automatic machine guns, firearm silencers and improvised explosive devices.
They also learned he was making and detonating IED’s and none of the guns he owned were registered in his name.
According to a Federal criminal complaint, an undercover employee for the FBI then followed Prewit to property in Reeves County and Jeff Davis County. There, Prewitt showed the FBI employee how to build an IED out of a fire extinguisher. He then witnessed Prewit detonate the IED the next day on this property.
It was uncovered that Prewit kept firearms and IED’s made out of metal water bottles in underground bunkers on the property..
Prewit told the under cover employee he had a total of 23 fully automatic machine guns and 10 firearm silencers. The under cover employee noted several of the silencers did not have any serial numbers on them.
Federal authorities then surrounded Prewit's quiet neighborhood last Friday where he was arrested.
Neighbors described the scene for us.
“There were FBI agents in bullet proof vests all over,” Prewit’s next door neighbor said. “They arrested him and took him out to the truck. They then brought out cases of guns and rifles.”
Neighbors we spoke with had nothing nice to say about the man.
“He was really mean to the dogs. He’d spray them with mace,” his next-door neighbor said. “He was awful to our kids too.”
They say they're glad he was caught before anything disastrous happened in their neighborhood.
“It’s scary. Especially with how many kids we have in this neighborhood,” one neighborhood said.
“I can’t believe that was happening next door to me. I guess you don’t know who you live next to these days,” Prewit’s next-door neighbor said.
Prewit will appear before a Federal judge in the coming days.
We're also learning more about Prewit’s past, including his time in Pecos and how he almost lost his arm to a semi-automatic weapon.
According to a 2011 article in the Midland Reporter Telegram, Steven Prewit fancied his nickname "el vato loco" or "the crazy buddy" in English.
Pruitt is a world-renowned drag-boat racer winning several national and world titles.
The article states that long before participating in the sport, Prewit spent time in the Pecos oilfields and dropped out of college because of his “party mode.”
In 1980, he almost lost his left arm during a street fight in Pecos after he took three shots from an AR-15 rifle.