Man with 18 pipe bombs described by police as ‘lone wolf’


A West L.A. man who police said had 17 pipe bombs in his home is a “lone wolf” who had a fascination with explosives, police said.

Police searched the home of Robert Wilson, 29, Wednesday after officials said they found him driving with drugs, a gun and a pipe bomb the previous night in Marina del Rey.

Wilson was arrested Tuesday after police pulled him over for a traffic violation about 10:30 p.m. After a search of the vehicle, which revealed the pipe bomb and other items, authorities decided to search Wilson’s home in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue in Palms.


There, investigators said, they found “a bunch more” pipe bombs, 17 to be exact, said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.

“He appears to be a lone wolf type of individual,” Borihanh said. “No connection with terrorist acts or groups. It seemed to be this individual was intrigued with explosive devices.”

No one was hurt as authorities cleared the area and secured the devices.

Law enforcement sources said it was unclear what, if anything, Wilson had in mind for the devices.

Authorities booked him on suspicion of possessing an explosive device. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.


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