Dec 20, 2015
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A bomb squad detonated a possible explosive in Richmond Sunday night in a case that stemmed from a report to police on Thursday about a person who had expressed interest in harming Muslims, police said.

Detectives and a SWAT team discovered the possible explosive while serving a search warrant at the suspect’s home at 5131 Mcbryde Ave., police said. Police located a possible homemade explosive device at the residence. Late Sunday afternoon, between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a Walnut Creek police bomb squad detonated the device. No one was hurt, according to police.

Neighbors of the suspect’s home had been evacuated about 2 p.m. The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, had been arrested Sunday morning, police said.

The entire ordeal stemmed from a Thursday tip to police that the suspect had expressed “his intent to harm the Muslim community in the City of Richmond,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.