Neighbors were forced to evacuate from their homes for several hours Wednesday night while a bomb squad cleared an apartment of pipe bombs.
Colorado Springs police said a man was making pipe bombs in his home at the Point of View Apartments near Pikes Peak and Murray. Investigators say the bomb-making operation put families at risk all over the complex.
The suspect, Andy Marrero, 33, has been arrested and is now facing felony charges. He appeared before a judge via video camera from jail Thursday. The judge set his bond for $3,000.
It all started Wednesday afternoon when a neighbor called police, saying there were explosion noises coming from one of apartments. Police said they found the pipe bombs when they went to talk to the man living in that apartment.
It took several hours, but the bomb squad was able to take apart the pipe bombs to make it safe. What was in the two pipe bombs will now be taken into evidence.
We spoke to neighbors who were evacuated for six to seven hours.
"I'm kind of in shock. It took me a little while to think of it, but that's what it is, I'm in shock," one neighbor said. "I come home to a bomb threat, you know, it's like, 'What kind of a world are we in.'"
We looked into Marrero's criminal past. He's had several driving offenses and an assault charge, but this is the first time he's been charged with a felony. Our partners at The Gazette got their hands on Marrero's arrest affidavit; according to it, Marrero told arresting officers that he was building the bombs to protect his home. He allegedly told police he couldn't own guns because of his "mental problems."