[UPDATED] Possible Gang Activity Linked to Today’s Pipe Bomb Suspects, Says EPD
Watson said that though initially five suspects were detained, two were released and one was detained for unrelated warrants. However, two male adults were arrested on charges related to what was found in the hotel room and taken to jail.
One explosive has been located and “disrupted,” according to Watson. More devices or materials are believed to be still in the Econo Lodge Hotel on 4th Street, said Watson but he would not confirm how many.
Hotel occupants are not yet being allowed to return to their rooms.
You can listen to the interview with Captain Watson below.
The Eureka Police Department has also been serving four unrelated warrants today. At approximately 4 p.m., Chief Andrew Mills of the Eureka Police Department said that “almost every EPD officer on duty right now.”
@Eureka_Police almost every EPD officer on duty right now. Thank you to the hardest working team in the North Coast🔫🚔💰🤖💣
— Andrew Mills (@ChiefAndyMills) March 8, 2016
We will be updating with more about the pipe bomb situation and the four warrants which were served when we know more.
UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: Capt. Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department sent out the following statement,
All 3 arrests are connected. Suspected gang involvement is being investigated. 3 suspected devices found so far. Preliminary evidence is at least one was a working explosive device/pipe bomb. It has been disabled.
Two arrested and booked so far for possession of an explosive device. Bail is set at 500,000. Third arrest was an adult for a juvenile probation warrant and violation.
We are still securing the scene. A search warrant has been obtained for their room.
UPDATE: At 9:35 p.m. Captain Watson tweeted, “The evacuation at the Econolodge motel has been lifted. Officers are still on scene working. 3 confirmed explosive devices were neutralized.”