Teen Arrested After Housekeeper Finds Explosive Device in Room
18-year-old Joshua Prater has been arrested after a housekeeper found an improvised explosive device (IED) in his room.
While cleaning the family home, the housekeeper found a suspicious device which she immediately brought to the authorities. After calling in the bomb squad, officials later confirmed that it was a homemade explosive.
“They had it X-rayed, they saw it was a valid IED,” Tempe detective Mike Pooley tells MyFoxPhoenix.com. “It was something that wasn’t big, but could cause serious injuries and the death of someone.”
“There was fuse that was coming out from the device which would be how you light it and it would cause the fuse to go in there and explode,” Pooley added. “The bomb was ready to go. It was active. All it needed was the trigger.”
Officials quickly dismantled the bomb and found materials used to create the explosives in Prater’s room.
Prater has been arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited weapon. The teen admitted to building the device but claimed that he did so 8 years ago.