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Explosive Device Arrest

Texas military veteran arrested for allegedly mailing bombs

May 25, 2018 - 5:02 pm

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities say a 40-year-old military veteran has been arrested in connection with two explosive devices found in southeast Texas in recent weeks.

A probable cause affidavit says investigators found bomb components and mailing materials linked Jonathan Matthew Torres to the devices while executing a search warrant Thursday at his Beaumont home. Torres was arrested Thursday.

A device exploded May 10 outside an Episcopal church, shattering windows and causing other damage. No one was hurt.

Another device that didn't detonate was found April 26 outside a Starbucks.

Torres has been charged with using an explosive to cause property damage, possession of an unregistered destructive device and mailing a threatening communication. He is scheduled to appear in court May 29. If convicted, Torres faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

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