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Redding man charged with possessing, planting explosive device

The Orange County Sheriff's Department arrested a 48-year-old Redding, California, man on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, on various charges including stalking, possession of an explosive device and attempted murder. Tehachapi Police Department had originally begun investigating the man after a resident of a local apartment complex had called in a tip saying that they had seen a pipe bomb in the rear of the man's pickup truck on July 6.

When officers with that city's police force were initially dispatched to those apartments, located at 400 North Mill Street, early that morning, they were met by both Kern County's Fire Department and the Sheriff's Bomb Squad. After doing a visual inspection of the suspected explosive device, they noted that it appeared that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to detonate it. That's when they cleared the scene.

After linking the pickup truck to the defendant, they issued a warrant for this arrest. On July 11 at around 2 p.m., officers with the Orange County Technical Apprehension Team were successful in tracking the man down to a home in Fullerton where he appeared to live. It's there that he was taken into custody without incident.

While searching that home, police were able to recover materials consistent with some of the same ones utilized to build the device located in the back of the pickup in Tehachapi. After questioning witnesses, police were able to determine that the man had manufactured the pipe bomb. They also determined that he had placed it at the Tehachapi apartment complex with the intention of hurting certain individuals.

Because the bomb was found in Tehachapi, the man was booked into the Kern County Jail. It's there that he will face charges including stalking, attempted murder, possession of an explosive device, and making criminal threats. Bail has been denied.

If proven, the combination of charges that have been waged again the man mean that he's likely to spend a significant time in jail. In working closely with an Orange County, California, criminal defense attorney, it's possible that the man may be able to devise a strategy to respond to the charges and reduce any penalties he might face.

Source: 23 ABC News Bakersfield, "Man accused of leaving pipe bomb in back of pickup truck in Tehachapi arrested in Orange County," July 12, 2017

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