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Brothers arrested for making explosives

POSTED March 4, 2011 10:15 p.m.

Two teenagers who fled their home with Molotov cocktails have been apprehended by the Turlock Police Department and the explosives have been diffused by authorities.

Joseph Russell, 18, and his 16-year-old brother were arrested Tuesday. Russell was booked into Stanislaus County Jail and charged with possession of a destructive device. It’s unknown what charge the juvenile is facing.

The police had been looking for the two teens since one of their parents called the police department and stated Russell was seen making napalm from a recipe out of the Anarchist’s Cookbook — Online Edition.

When the teens learned the police were on the way, they fled their home in the 300 block of West Main Street, with the Molotov cocktails they had assembled.

Around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday the department responded to an apartment complex in the 300 block of W. Monte Vista Avenue where two Molotov cocktails were found.

The explosives were in green Heineken bottles and each had a wick and contained a yellowish fluid, thought to be a gasoline and Styrofoam mixture, according to the police department.

Later that day, around 1 p.m., officers were dispatched to a home in the 2000 block of Carrington Street for a possible break-in. Officers located David Russell, a 44-year-old parolee who is related to the brothers and subsequently were able to track down the whereabouts of the two brothers and take them into custody.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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