FBI: San Fran­cisco man had bomb com­po­nents

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

(AP Photo/At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion, Cu­rits Comp­ton)

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.

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