On May 29, 2016 A N.Y.S. Corrections officer went to his front yard in the Town of Floyd and found a package that detonated when he picked up. The Officer was left with serious injuries and had to be transported to a regional burns center with serious injuries to a large portion of his body.
The Oneida County Sheriff investigated the incident along with members of the New York State Police, Utica Police, BATF, FBI, NYS Department of Corrections as originally reported “NYS Corrections Officer injured when package explodes left at his home”
The investigation was open ended and was not centered on the Officers job. Within days Law Enforcement Officials had expanded the investigation and brought in other agencies as needed to conclude the investigation. They included United States Attorneys’ Offices for the Northern Districts of New York and Ohio, the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, the Ohio Lake County Bomb Squad, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, and the Conneaut Police Department.
Three subjects were arrested after it was found that the bombing was linked to the victim’s mother being stolen from by a caregiver. The caregiver knowing that the victim was about to expose the thefts to law enforcement enlisted the aid of two others to plan the device at the victim’s home.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office posted a full media release stating the following chain of events:
On May 29, 2016 law enforcement responded to a report of an explosion at a residence on Old Floyd Road in the Town of Floyd. First responders located Alan Dobransky, age 53, who sustained critical injuries from a package that exploded by his mailbox. Alan was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, and later airlifted to Upstate University Medical Center in Syracuse, where he is still listed in critical condition suffering burns to over 50% of his body.
At the scene and throughout this investigation the Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police were assisted by multiple agencies including the Utica Police Department, FBI, ATF, and NYS Department of Corrections. We’d also like to acknowledge the Oneida County Office of Emergency Services, Floyd Fire Department, and Amcare Ambulance for their immediate response and care of the victim.
Specialized units that were key components of this investigation from the Sheriff’s Office and State Police include Patrol, Criminal Investigation Unit, Forensics Investigation Unit, Warrant Unit, K9, and State Police Bomb Disposal Unit.
Alan Dobransky is currently employed as a New York State Correction Officer at the Marcy Correctional Facility. It was determined his employment was not a factor in this case. During the investigation, information was obtained on a possible suspect, 58 year-old, Keith Seppi from Conneaut, Ohio. The investigation revealed that Seppi’s sister in-law, Cindy Shields was the caretaker for Alan’s elderly mother who resides in Ohio. Over a four year period, it is believed that Cindy Shields stole a sum of money from Alan’s mother. Alan confronted Shield’s regarding the stolen money and planned to make a report to local law enforcement. It is believed Keith, along with his wife, Donna Seppi and Cindy Shields conspired to plant a bomb next to Alan’s mailbox.
Yesterday, members from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and ATF executed three separate search warrants at three residences in the Town of Conneaut, Ohio. The following individuals were taken into custody without incident:
- Keith Seppi, age 58, from Conneaut, Ohio
• Donna J. Seppi, age 61, from Conneaut, Ohio
• Cindy L. Shields, age 56, from Conneaut, Ohio
All three subjects are being charged with Assault in the 1st Degree, a class B felony, and are currently in the custody of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. All three will be processed, and arraigned in the Town of Floyd Court later this afternoon.
ATF Special Agent in Charge Delano Reid stated “Yesterday, in the culmination of an exhaustive and expeditious investigation by ATF, the New York State Police, and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the United States Attorneys’ Offices for the Northern Districts of New York and Ohio, the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, the Ohio Lake County Bomb Squad, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, and the Conneaut Police Department, into the cowardly package bomb attack on an unsuspecting New York State Corrections Officer, we executed Federal search warrants on the residences of Keith Seppi, Donna Seppi, and Cindy Lou Shields in the vicinity of Conneaut, Ohio. The searches resulted in the discovery of incriminating evidence implicating these individuals in the plot to target the Officer. They are now in the custody of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and charges have been filed by the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. Their swift discovery and arrest should serve as a warning to anyone who may believe that they can commit violent criminal acts with impunity and anonymity. We would like to extend our well wishes to Officer Dobransky and his family for a speedy recovery, and we hope that the arrest of these individuals brings them some comfort in the days and weeks ahead. We would also like to thank our law enforcement partners for their dedication, professionalism, and resolve in promptly bringing these individuals to justice.”
Sheriff Robert Maciol said “Today ended on a very positive note as the three individuals responsible for the tragic bombing in the Town of Floyd were caught. Since May 29th, I witnessed some of the most dedicated law enforcement officials from several agencies work together around the clock as “one family” to bring this to closure. Thank you to all those that worked this case from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, the FBI, the ATF, the NYS Department of Corrections, the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, and the Utica Police Department. I could not be prouder of our “law enforcement family” ”