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May 16, 2013: Man Charged With Having Bomb-Making Materials In His Apartment

Jane Robison, Assistant Media Chief
(213) 257-2000

A 29-year-old man was charged today with possessing bomb-making materials, an unregistered handgun and drugs, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Colt Wilson (dob 12-26-83) is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch, in Department 144, said Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney with the Target Crimes Division.

Wilson was arrested Tuesday after Los Angeles police officers allegedly discovered a loaded weapon and an explosive device in his car during a routine traffic stop.

A bomb squad was sent early Wednesday to Wilson's apartment in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue, near Venice Boulevard. Bomb-making materials and an explosive device were discovered in the small apartment, officials said.

Wilson is charged in case SA084084 with seven felony counts -- possession of a destructive device on a public street, possession of a destructive device at a private habitat, possession of the ingredients to make a destructive device, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying an unregistered loaded handgun and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $2.5 million. If convicted, he faces up to nine years, four months in state prison.