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Second suspect arrested in connection with pipe bombs set off in cars – CBS Sacramento

Second suspect arrested in connection with pipe bombs set off in cars – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A total of two people have been arrested in the case of improvised explosive devices found detonating in cars in south Sacramento in January.

Sacramento police responded to the 4000 block of 34th Street to investigate a reported explosion Jan. 28. Upon arrival, officers found a car that had sustained extensive damage consistent with an interior explosion.

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An explosive ordnance disposal detail team responded and dealt with the scene. Based on what they found, investigators believe an improvised explosive device detonated in the unoccupied car.

CBS13 spoke to a neighbor who lived near that first explosion. He said he wasn’t home at the time, but soon after he saw two people at the car trying to steal parts, like a catalytic converter. He said when they saw him they left, but he is worried.

In the video shared with CBS13, damage to the vehicle includes a blown front window, driver and passenger side windows were blown out and glass shattered, and debris on the exterior of the car. The person behind the camera said he could still smell the smoke shortly after the pipe bomb exploded.

Nearly a week later, broken glass and small pieces of the vehicle are still on the road on 34th Street near where it was parked. A similar incident less than a week later.

Early Friday evening, police said they received another report of a possible explosion, this time near 20th Avenue and 32nd Street.

Again, officers found an unoccupied vehicle that had sustained significant damage. Further investigation by the EOD team revealed that, like the first incident, an improvised explosive device appeared to have detonated inside the car.

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Some of the materials found during the search of Darren Melton’s residence. (Credit: Sacramento Police Department)

On Saturday night, the EDO team blocked off most of 32nd Street with duct tape and police vehicles. A Sacramento police spokesperson confirmed the team was in the area following Friday night’s incident.

Police now say that follow-up investigation ultimately led to officers serving a search warrant. Two other active pipe bombs, along with evidence that the suspect also detonated another near 19th Avenue and 32nd Street, were found.

Cody Wiggs, 23, has been arrested in connection with the case, police say. He was jailed and faces felony charges.

In March, detectives identified a second person connected to the case. Investigators allege that Darren Melton, 33, was involved in making the devices. A warrant was served on Melton’s home and detectives say they found explosive chemical precursors, fuses and pipes.

Melton was jailed and he and Wiggs remain in custody.

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No injuries were reported after either incident.