Bomb Squad Disassembles Device Removed From Ogden Home

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

OGDEN, Kan. (WIBW) -- There was a heavy police presence in an Ogden neighborhood Wednesday afternoon as members of the Riley County Police Department’s bomb team examined a suspected bomb.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 1 PM Wednesday at a home in the 200 block of 11th Street.

"The female half indicated that she had been threatened and injured. She was able to leave the residence and take refuge with a neighbor. During the conversation with her, she indicated that there was what she believed to be an improvised explosive device inside the residence that her husband possibly made," Captain Kurt Moldrup told WIBW at the scene. Moldrup oversees the RCPD's patrol division.

Officers blocked off the street in front of the house and as a precaution, asked that those in the area to avoid the 200 block of 10th, 11th and 12th Streets as they conducted their investigation. Officers also spoke to residents to alert them to stay inside and avoid windows and doors.

The bomb squad removed the device in question from the home and placed it on a grassy area on the other side of the street near railroad tracks. It was a small and appeared to have some sort of cable coming out of the top of it. Officer Jimmy Nellis donned a bomb suit and disassembled the device without incident, making several different approaches before the item was rendered safe around 3:45 PM.

Moldrup said the device would be taken back to police headquarters for officers to further examine its components and determine if it could have been explosive.

Captain Moldrup indicated that the victim’s husband was taken into custody and was being questioned in connection with the incident.

Police identified him as 22-year old Armando Lopez and he was arrested on several domestic related charges, including Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery and Criminal Restraint.

His bond was set at $7,000 through Riley County District Court.

The victim was not identified. The investigation is ongoing.

On Thursday, an RCPD spokesman said that after an examination of the device by officers, "it doesn't look like at anytime, the public was in danger." He could not elaborate further.

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