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Man charged for mailing bomb to East Palo Alto

Oakland resident faces 20 years in prison

Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a man for allegedly mailing a bomb that exploded at an East Palo Alto home in October, injuring a resident, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ross Gordon Laverty, 56, of Oakland, was arraigned Thursday on a single count of mailing an explosive device with intent to injure or kill in San Francisco federal court before U.S. District Judge Joseph Spero. The defendant is accused of sending at least one explosive device to the residence.

On Oct. 19, the parcel was delivered to an East Palo Alto resident who was suspicious of the item and didn't open it, prosecutors said.

He placed the item in his backyard, where it detonated, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The case may be related to similar explosion at a Bay Farm Island home in Alameda. The federal agency hasn't given specific details on the delivery locations and the dimensions of the parcels.

If convicted, Laverty faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He's set to return to court on Dec. 28 for a detention hearing.

Laverty was arrested in Oakland at 2:20 a.m. Thursday and booked into the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility where he's being held without bail, according to Alameda County jail records.

Personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI assisted in the investigation.

In 2015, Laverty was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers after leading them on a car chase from Orinda, where they attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation, to Oakland. He was found to be an alleged felon in possession of a firearm and a no-bail warrant from another agency. The officers also allegedly found methamphetamine in the vehicle, CHP officials said.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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2 people like this
Posted by Smart Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 26, 2017 at 6:55 am

Wow - great instincts on the part of the recipient!
Glad they are doing all right. Sounds like it could have been so much worse.


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