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Hemet suspect who detonated "bomb" pleads not guilty

A man on parole was being pursued by police when he allegedly detonated an unknown explosive device. Now, he has pleaded not guilty to several charges as part of a criminal defense for the events surrounding his capture.

The incident began when a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to make a traffic stop in San Jacinto near Camino Los Banos and Shaver Street. The defendant was driving a pickup with two passengers. An officer stated that the defendant ran through an intersection and hit another vehicle. The pickup was consequently inoperable, so the defendant fled the vehicle and pointed a gun at the officer. The officer returned fire, not hitting anyone, and the suspect took out an explosive device, which he threw into the yard of a nearby home, where it detonated. No injuries were reported due to the small explosion. The driver of the car that the suspect struck sustained minor injuries, and the passengers in the pickup were arrested along with the suspect but were later released.

The defendant could face 10 years in prison for his charges, which include felon in possession of firearm, assault, and possessing destructive devices, as well as receiving stolen property. The defendant is currently being held on $750,000 bond.

A criminal defense attorney can help individuals who are charged with serious offenses. When someone is facing multiple charges, especially felony charges, it is very important that he or she receive sound legal advice. In this case, the defendant will need to address several issues, including the fact that he was already on probation when the alleged crimes were committed.

Source: Valley News, "Man pleads not guilty to trying to assault CHP officer," Oct. 30, 2012

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