Yucaipa Deputies, Redlands PD Arrest 5 Suspects in Alleged Chemical Bombings

'The reported explosions caused several victims to suffer property damage while others narrowly avoided sustaining personal bodily injury or worse,' deputies said.

Yucaipa deputies and Redlands police arrested five suspects Friday and accused them of a string of nine chemical bombings in the Yucaipa area in October, according to the Sheriff's Department.

According to a news release, the alleged bombings involved 17 explosive devices between Oct. 4 and Oct. 8.

"The reported explosions caused several victims to suffer property damage while others narrowly avoided sustaining personal bodily injury or worse," deputies said in the release.

The alleged bombings occurred at the following locations in Yucaipa:

- 12000 block of 4th Street
- 34000 block of Avenue J
- 34000 block of Wildwood Canyon Road

"The bombs were all constructed in the same manner and are commonly referred to as 'Chemical Bombs' or 'Acid Bombs,'" deputies said. "As a result, Yucaipa detectives and investigators from the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson division began a lengthy investigation, covering several weeks."

Five suspects were identified and Yucaipa detectives and FBI agents interviewed each one of them. The suspects denied involvement but detectives obtained unspecified evidence linking each suspect to the October bombing incidents, deputies said.

Arrest and search warrants were obtained for each suspect, and Yucaipa detectives, Redlands police and San Bernardino County probation personnel served the warrants Friday.

All five suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were identified as:

- Ryan Cherry, 20, of Yucaipa
- Matthew Garris, 22, of Yucaipa
- Jeremy Erickson, 21, of Yucaipa
- Daniel Wurl, 20, of Yucaipa
- Joseph Keddy, 20, of Yucaipa

The suspects were transported and booked at Central Detention Center for felony violation of Penal Code 18740 - possess, explode or attempt to explode any destructive device. Bail was set for each suspect at $1 million.

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Mariana Zuelsdorf December 22, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Incredible and scary!
Craig December 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Stupid ass kids!
Richard T Leiterman December 22, 2012 at 08:33 AM
The Deputies did a great job. A job well done. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your beloved ones. Stay safe.
Richard T Leiterman December 22, 2012 at 08:41 AM
The Yucaipa Deputies and the Redlands Police department did a fine job. A job well done. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you and to you families. Stay safe.
LLODOWN December 22, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Those are not kids everyone's over 19!!!
Rex December 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
$1 million bail...I bet they never expected their little fun time to be taken as serious as it was. I'm sure they were just getting kicks out of doing it, not really trying to hurt anyone. Knuckleheads.
James mulkins December 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Stupid yes adults no. Half of them cant even get in a bar yet. Million dollar bail? Give some hefty fines and community service with no jail time. These are punks with too much time on thier hands. If law enforcement wants to make a dent in real crime start sweeping these areas that are infested with illegal alien gangs. Political correctness has no business in law enforcement!
H. D. Schmidt December 22, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Give them each a good old fashioned spanking and put them to forced labor for some weeks.
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. December 23, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Well well how the attitudes change when its a bunch of white criminals who got caught. If they were Mexican you prejudice M.F. would be all over it. I hope those adults get life in prison!!!!!
Dex December 23, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Regardless of race (you just had to throw the race card-didnt you?), these idiots should be sent to jail. They werent playing with BB guns or firecrackers....they were making bombs, and thank God they were caught before someone was seriously injured. We don't know if it was pranks, or if these guys were the next 5:00 news terrorists. But they were old enough to know right from wrong, and I think a few years of jail time just might change their attitudes.
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I don't care if they are white, brown, black or green. They should receive the full force of the law as adults. Commit an adult crime; receive punishment as an adult. What makes you think they are white? Going by surnames, Mr Dominguez? No photos of the idiots, so I'd say you are making a lot of assumptions.
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. December 23, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I would say more of an educated guess. And I bet i'm right. Does that offend you that I said WHITE criminals? Oh I bet it does because I didn't see you post anything about that idiot James Mulkins comment. "If law enforcement wants to make a dent in real crime start sweeping these areas that are infested with illegal alien gangs." Yeah I did play the race card DEX and so did James Mulkins. But again, I don't see you saying anything about his uncalled for comment. But then again, none of you people are Mexican either, Huh? But Put all that aside and we agree they need to be held accountable for their actions and not be able to play their RACE card!
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 23, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I don't offend easily. These 5 idiots should not be allowed to play the race card, but neither should anyone else Some people are very good at doing that. Out of sheer curiosity, is the issue with the word 'illegals aliens' or your assumption that Mr Mulkins is referring to Hispanics? Since he did not say that, it seems like there are a lot of assumptions around here.
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. December 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Mariana what does the term "illegal Aliens" refer to? And out of all the Illegal Aliens what is the primary race of those aliens? your a competent individual and i'm sure you can read between the obvious lines of information. And yes you are right They are assumptions, But in the most obvious way!
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 23, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Anyone who comes into this country, and remains here, without proper authorization. My ex-son-in-law was one; a Brit who came on a green card but stayed past the expiration date. The 5 primary countries, from which illegals originate, are Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, and China. Mexico has its own problems with illegals from Central America. What I don't understand is why condone illegal entry to the US or any other country? I'm of German lineage but would not support or condone illegals from Germany. Ruben Navarrette. with whom I don't usually agree, has an interesting article on CNN, concerning the not-so-politically-correct use of 'Illegal immigrant'. He believes it is the correct term, rather than the term 'undocumented immigrant'. I'm honestly trying to understand all this, but frankly, illegals are sometimes their own worst enemy by demanding equal rights with American citizens, native or naturalized. I know I'm getting off the subject but feel that you are an honest person who might be able to explain it without rancor. And Merry Christmas!
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. December 23, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Mariana, I'm in no way condoning illegal entry into this country. I understand the illegals come here dreaming of a better way of life and work really hard to get it. But their extra hard work with lower pay hurts our citizens. It makes it harder for our own labor industry and construction trade workers to find work with all of these illegal immigrants working for half the regular pay wage. It's not fair and I don't particularly like it. But as you said, we are getting off subject. I don't like the stereotyping of individuals because of color. Not all Mexicans break the law. But we sure get looked at like we do. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a safe new years.
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 23, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Reuben, you are totally correct that the work, done by illegals, undercuts our citizens. My husband is disabled so yard work falls on me, and it's not easy. I had a service who helped me with the yard but they had to close because they couldn't match the illegal workers hourly fees. I can't understand why they don't want to stay home and make Mexico a successful, free country, as well as clean up their own gang problems. It's a larger problem than I can understand, I guess. Wishing you and Victor a very safe and happy 2013!
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. December 24, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Mariana, thank you for well wishes but please don't mix me up with Victor. I am not his keeper, nor is he mine. We are two different individuals, we have two different minds, and we speak two different languages, night and day! May this New Year bring you joy and happiness........
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 24, 2012 at 08:22 AM
I promise, Reuben! Many blessings on you and your family, and thank you
tommy lee December 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
it is no small thing that they were doing. but criminals ???? yes on maybe a couple of them. but at least one of them whos biggest crime is following other idiots in doing stupid things.....dangerous things.but in fact just didn't know any better. and yes....kids ! i know Ryan,and i do not condone what they did...but he is an otherwise good kid....no one here can say they havent made some serious mistakes in their youth....i did when i was young,and i payed dearly....hopefully they will recieve a punishment however harsh it needs to be....but remember that they are still kids !
1234 January 04, 2013 at 09:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgDhizxCeIY this dosent look like a bomb to me... more like a bottle popping
Mike March 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM
These guys made a small boom with a soda bottle. Thank god the cops stoped them. I want to know how much damage was really done, cause I'm sure it cost ten times as much to catch them.Everyone thinks the police did such a good job, but while all these cops where trying to stop pranks how many people were raped, murdered, or robbed. How about we worry about real crime not pranksters.
Washy March 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Sheesh moron they were CHEMICAL bombs they could have killed, or burned a child.
Jeremiah March 21, 2013 at 01:22 PM
It's YOU that is racist and rude, Rueben. James did not specify illegal alien as being Mexican, you did. Illegally in this country is illegal no matter what race you are. And what does it matter what color the criminals are? They are still criminals. You're the fixated one here, bro - you make that obvious with your words. Jeremiah
Jeremiah March 21, 2013 at 01:37 PM
It would have been nice if the police or the article had specified what chemicals. Vinegar and soda have been used by kids for years to pop bottles and make a "Boom!". So has dry ice in water. Or was it something worse? Not saying really leaves the reader to guess whether it was a prank or a malicious act. 17 of them goes beyond prank, though, and shows planning and lack of respect for those people they scared. I blew up bottles with my friends as kids too, but we never threw them at people's houses - we went out in the desert or fields specifically so it wouldn't bother other people. So at the very least they need to learn respect for others and being arrested was called for. And if they were truly acid bombs - they should lock them up for a long time - no difference between that and Assad using chemical weapons. Jeremiah
Washy March 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM
I am thinking they weren't Mentos and coke bombs....when the police referred to them as "acid bombs"
Jeremiah March 22, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Yea, and 17 of them goes beyond childhood curiosity, too. Can you really blow up a bottle with Mentos and Coke? I hadn't heard of that one. I did try the two I mentioned as a kid. Jeremiah
Ken March 22, 2013 at 04:58 AM
and no one seems to remember the tragic incident with a child getting dry ice from an ice-cream vendor in San Berdo a few yrs back. Seems it was a hot summer day and the child put the pieces in a large glass bottle w/ water and put it too his chest to stay cool with tragic consequences. Without all the info...was it dry ice and plastic bottles (LOUD!) or sodium hy******,A****, and water in a glass bottle CAN HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES. A bit of judicial jurisprudence and background is definitely needed here


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