An Albuquerque man was arrested this week for allegedly placing a homemade bomb under his ex-girlfriend’s bed while she attended her graduation ceremony.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that Ethan Guillen, 18, allegedly placed the pressure cooker under the bed two weeks ago but it was discovered Wednesday afternoon. The device was never detonated.
Court documents obtained by KOAT indicated that the Guillen mixed nuts, a fuse, energizable material, bolts, and a plastic bag containing clear rubber material in the pressure cooker. He then allegedly broke into his ex’s home through a balcony while she and her family went to her high school graduation. He had intended the cooker to detonate at 1:30 pm.
The girl (identified as “M.C.” in the complaint) reportedly told federal agents that Guillen had harassed her in high school to the point that she had to be escorted from class to class.
An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms said the 18-year-old originally denied involvement. Investigators recovered latex gloves, a table with burns on it, and duct tape that matched tape on the cooker after the man’s father gave authorities permission to search the home.
Guillen’s father also claimed he couldn’t find a newly-bought pressure cooker or his soldering iron. During a second interview, the suspect allegedly admitted to making the device with a gasoline mixture, chemicals, and other ingredients from his garage, according to the Journal.
“When Guillen was told that the room next to M.C.’s had small children and a baby in it, Guillen stated that he knew and did not care,” the complaint states. “Guillen stated he just wanted M.C. dead.”
Guillen appeared in federal court on Thursday, charged with possessing a destructive device not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.
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