Teen who lost hand from homemade explosives now prime suspect

A 16-year-old who lost a hand in an apartment explosion Friday evening in Hollister is now the prime suspect in the explosion that involved homemade explosives according to police.The suspect had originally been described as a victim in the case.“When officers arrived they cleared the apartment, did not find anyone else in there and they did see evidence of manufacturing that was in plain sight and so yeah at this point he is considered a suspect,” said Hollister police chief Carlos Reynoso.The teenager is now facing criminal charges as soon as investigators are able to talk to him; police want to know why he was allegedly making the explosives and what he planned to do with them.“He’s the only one that’s going to be able to tell us exactly what happened what the reason behind it was there were several devices there that located by the Monterey county bomb squad,” said Reynoso.“As part of the investigation we’ll be interviewing the suspect and the family and try to find out all the details and what lead to this tragedy happening,” the chief added.The explosion happened around 5:30 Friday evening at the Rustic Gardens apartment complex at 190 Sierra court. The explosion was so powerful that neighbors heard and felt it. The homemade device also ripped off a hand of the teenager who police say was making explosive devices in the kitchen.“We’re fortunate that the explosion wasn’t more severe and that no other people were hurt the potential there with other devices being there is multiple explosions could’ve gone off,” said Reynoso.Neighbors say the teen lived in the apartment with an older brother and their father.“Obviously we know them because they are our neighbors but like they were really by themselves, like secretive. So that’s all I can say,” said one neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.

A 16-year-old who lost a hand in an apartment explosion Friday evening in Hollister is now the prime suspect in the explosion that involved homemade explosives according to police.

The suspect had originally been described as a victim in the case.

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“When officers arrived they cleared the apartment, did not find anyone else in there and they did see evidence of manufacturing that was in plain sight and so yeah at this point he is considered a suspect,” said Hollister police chief Carlos Reynoso.

The teenager is now facing criminal charges as soon as investigators are able to talk to him; police want to know why he was allegedly making the explosives and what he planned to do with them.

“He’s the only one that’s going to be able to tell us exactly what happened what the reason behind it was there were several devices there that located by the Monterey county bomb squad,” said Reynoso.

“As part of the investigation we’ll be interviewing the suspect and the family and try to find out all the details and what lead to this tragedy happening,” the chief added.

The explosion happened around 5:30 Friday evening at the Rustic Gardens apartment complex at 190 Sierra court. The explosion was so powerful that neighbors heard and felt it. The homemade device also ripped off a hand of the teenager who police say was making explosive devices in the kitchen.

“We’re fortunate that the explosion wasn’t more severe and that no other people were hurt the potential there with other devices being there is multiple explosions could’ve gone off,” said Reynoso.

Neighbors say the teen lived in the apartment with an older brother and their father.

“Obviously we know them because they are our neighbors but like they were really by themselves, like secretive. So that’s all I can say,” said one neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.

Contributed by local news sources

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