You know what we really need more than a man with 16 or so pipe bombs in his Westside apartment? A man with 16 bombs, an explosive device in his car, a gun and meth.
Because we want people with destructive materials to be extremely edgy and violent. We kid, of course, but the allegations against Robert Colt Wilson, 29, are serious and chilling:
Following Wednesday's traffic nightmare around Wilson's apartment just outside Culver City, the District Attorney's office announced late yesterday that the suspect has been charged with several counts, including, according to a statement ...
... possession of a destructive device on a public street, possession of a destructive device at a private habitat, possession of the ingredients to make a destructive device, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying an unregistered loaded handgun and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
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Whoa. And just think, this guy could be your neighbor.
Prosecutors said they will ask for bail to be set at $2.5 million. Wilson faces more than 9 years behind bars if convicted, according to the office.
What (allegedly) made him so mad? Was it the parking situation across the street at Starbucks? Who knows?
But cops say that, after a traffic stop in or near Marina del Rey about 10:30 Tuesday night, they noticed a suspicious liquid and called out a bomb squad, which verified that it was part of, in the words of the D.A.'s office, an "explosive device."
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Yikes. That sent the squad to the suspect's apartment at 3848 Overland Avenue to check things out early Wednesday. Officers there said they found 16 or so pipe bombs.
The search, the danger and the detonation of said devices meant that the area was shut down and four apartment buildings were evacuated from early morning until before 9 p.m. Wednesday.