A young man is behind bars tonight after police find bomb making materials in his bedroom closet.
Police were searching the room of 19-year-old Santiago Matamoros, with his permission, when the materials were found. According to court documents, Matamoros pointed out an animal carrier to police and told them there was bomb making materials in it. He claims, he was holding onto them for a friend.
Inside the container, police found enough material to create five pipe bombs. The piping and caps for the bombs were made out of PVC, were threaded and several caps had fuse holes drilled into them. A bag of smokeless gun powder, cannon fuse, and a package of steel wool were also found. A plastic remote control car was found with the materials, Matamoros says, his friend was planning on using it to create a remote detonator for the bombs.
Pueblo Police are still investigating and say more arrests may be coming. One of their big concerns is the materials were found in a home where small children live. The home belongs to Matamoros' sister. She says, she had no idea the materials were in the home, and that she was doing her brother a favor by allowing him to store some items at her home and sleep there from time to time.
According to Deputy Chief Andrew McLachlan, it would have taken less than a minute to put one of the bombs together. McLachlan is also the bomb squad commander for the Pueblo Police Department. He says, detonating a bomb made from the materials found in the carrier could have killed anyone within 50 yards of the blast. McLachlan says, shrapnel from the PVC piping could go as far as 200 yards causing varying degrees of injury based on distance.
According to McLachlan, it isn't just dangerous to hold onto these kinds of materials, it's illegal. He hopes people do the right thing if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. "The last thing I would want to know is that I ignored something, and then someone down the road got killed with something I could have prevented," says McLachlan.
Matamoros is facing a felony charge of possession of an explosive or incendiary device. His bond has been set at $100,000.