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California man arrested for transformer bombings

USA: A California man accused of blowing up two Pacific Gas and Electric transformers allegedly had large amounts of explosive materials and an inactive methamphetamine lab in his home.

The incidents occurred in January and December 2022 at two separate locations, San Jose police said. The explosions damaged the PG&E transformers, leaving thousands without power.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect was captured on surveillance footage riding a bicycle to a small strip mall early on 5 January and igniting a backpack near the bottom of a PG&E transformer box before immediately fleeing the scene.

Peter Karasev, 36, of San Jose, has been arrested and faces multiple charges, including two counts of exploding a destructive device, two counts of destroying an electrical line and an arson charge related to the “transformer bombings,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Victoria Robinson told reporters.

“It is believed that this suspect intentionally caused this destruction and harm to public safety,” the criminal complaint stated.

Karasev could face more charges as the investigation continues, prosecutors said.


Source: ABC News

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