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California man wanted by FBI for supposedly having explosives

It’s not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to withhold information when reporting on open cases. While this is often done to protect the rights of the individual who is being accused of criminal activity as well as to maintain the integrity of the investigation, what information is released to the media can leave a lot open to interpretation.

Take for example the case of a San Francisco man who is currently wanted by the FBI on suspicion of possessing explosives. The accusations against him are startling to many in the Bay Area who know the 42-year-old man well. They say he’s just a normal guy who has “never show[n] signs of unusual behavior.” But this didn’t stop investigators from raiding his Russian Hill apartment where they allegedly discovered explosive materials.

But reports do not indicate how the FBI came to suspect the man in the first place. As a former employee in the public-relations industry, many are finding the accusations hard to believe. Was it because of his behavioral change after losing his job that led to such harsh accusations? Is the discovery of alleged explosives the reason why the FBI has labeled him “armed and dangerous?” Could this be a case of “right place, wrong time?”

Even though the man is only facing accusations at this time -- reports do not indicate whether federal agents plan on pressing charges or not -- it might not be a bad idea for him to seek legal counsel. Many times, in cases such as this, federal investigators will have gathered year’s worth of supposed evidence before they bring criminal charges against a person.

As most experts would agree, the sooner you start building your criminal defense, the better chance you have of refuting the charges against you. And in a case like this, it may be crucial to avoiding harsh litigation later on.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, “FBI manhunt for San Francisco man surprises his PR-industry colleagues,” Joseph Serna, June 2, 2014

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