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Armed suspect prompts bomb scare

POSTED May 29, 2012 10:41 p.m.

A bomb-like device was discovered during the arrest of a Turlock man Sunday night that prompted the lockdown of a residential neighborhood, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The incident began around 6 p.m. when officers were dispatched to a family disturbance in the 2500 block of Annhurst Avenue.

The suspect, Carlos Villegas, was detained for questioning and a search of his person turned up a homemade knife, according to TPD Sgt. Tony Silva.

While searching other property in his possession, officers found a loaded sawed-off shotgun and a homemade explosive device.

The explosive device was placed in the street and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called to respond. Officers canvassed the neighborhood telling residents to either leave the area or remain inside their homes, Silva said.

The street was blocked off from Tuolumne Road to Minnesota Avenue for about two hours.

The bomb squad arrived and rendered the device harmless.

Villegas was arrested and booked for felony possession of a dirk/dagger; felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun and felony possession of a destructive device.

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