FBI: San Francisco man had bomb components
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A search of the San Francisco apartment of a social media expert turned up ball bearings, screws and components needed to make a homemade bomb, the FBI said in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.
“FBI bomb technicians believe that the device was designed to maim or kill a human being or human beings,” FBI Special Agent Michael Eldridge said in the document.
A circuit board described in the document was designed to serve as a remote control, allowing detonation of the device from afar, Eldridge said.
Investigators said they found the materials inside a bag at Ryan Kelly Chamberlain’s apartment during a search over the weekend. The discovery prompted a nationwide manhunt for the 42-year-old Chamberlain.
The FBI has not said what, if any, specific plans Chamberlain might have had for the device, or how they were alerted to the material.
Chamberlain appeared in federal court after being charged with one count of possession of an illegal destructive device. He was accompanied by a public defender but did not enter a plea. He wore the same shorts and shirt that he had on when he was arrested Monday near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, from rear left, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil with their daughters outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate a police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh’s family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy’s mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn’t know children were inside.