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Man arrested in pipe bomb evacuation allegedly had illegal gun

Man arrested in pipe bomb evacuation allegedly had illegal gun
This map shows approximately where an explosive device was discovered in Paramount on Monday night, prompting the evacuation of several nearby buildings. (Bing Maps)

A 31-year-old man accused of having a pipe bomb that forced the evacuation of roughly 100 people overnight Monday in Paramount is a felon and also illegally had a short-barrel rifle, authorities said.

Antoine Wiley, 31, was booked on suspicion of an explosive device, possession of a short-barrel rifle, and possession of a firearm by a felon, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Reveles.

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The bomb and rifle were found when deputies, responding to a service call, searched Wiley's vehicle in the 7200 block of Richfield Street around 11:15 p.m. Monday, authorities said. Several nearby apartment buildings were evacuated after the discovery of the pipe bomb.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Reveles said. No injuries were reported.

Wiley was being held Tuesday in lieu of $95,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, according to the sheriff's inmate database.

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