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December 4, 2012
 

RPMT reports on acid bomb incident

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Rossmoor

The following information was released by Rossmoor Predator Management Team.

RPMT has been contacted by the victim who had acid bottles left on her property on Sunday, Dec. 2. One of the acid bottles exploded on her property while she was calling the Orange County Sheriff. The victim contacted RPMT today and would like her story reported as a hate crime.

“On today, Sunday, December 2nd at around 7:15 AM, I noticed 4 strange bottles in my front yard at 3000 block of Mainway Drive in Rossmor, CA. I called 911, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office came to my home. One of the bottles detonated while the officers were on the way.

When they arrived, they cordoned off the perimeter and contacted the bomb squad to detonate the remaining devices. The devices were in my yard and not anyone that of anyone else on the street and one of the bottles was strategically placed upright in my driveway next to my vehicles”.

The Sheriff Department has stated that they are not investigating this matter as a hate crime but as an act of vandalism. Previous acts against this victim where described by OCSD as “pranks.” One and a half years ago, the victim moved into Rossmoor from the South. She stated that she was not surprised at this type of incident occurring in the South but was shocked by it occurring in Rossmoor.

The victim is the only minority that lives on Mainway who has had acid bottles placed strategically to be detonated upon removal. The victim is a professional woman who would like to have her story told.

Email from Orange County Sheriff Department

Mr. & Mrs. Lara,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this morning. I was concerned over the RPMT’s depiction of this event in the last email, as it contained some inaccuracies with regard to the location of the explosive bottles, as well as the indication that this crime was being considered a hate crime.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the address on Mainway Drive when the residents found four sixteen ounce water bottles containing a suspicious blue fluid in their driveway. While on the phone with our dispatchers one of the bottles exploded. Patrol deputies arrived and found the three unexploded bottles still in the driveway. After cordoning off the local area, deputies looked around and found one additional bottle in a tree, in the park, across the street. We notified our Hazardous Device Squad and they responded and rendered all of the remaining bottles safe. The unexploded bottles were taken and will be processed for any forensic evidence that may lead us to the people who created these explosive devices.

A hate crime is defined as a criminal act committed due to perceived or real characteristic(s) of a victim, such as race, gender, disability, religion, etc. We have no indication that any of these elements are present in this incident. There was no damage to any property, and our conversation with the residents who found the bottles have not given us rise to make a conclusion that this matter is a hate crime. We can’t even render a conclusive opinion that the suspect(s) targeted this home, or its residents.

It is important for the community to know that these homemade explosive devices are extremely dangerous and can cause extensive injury if someone is nearby when one explodes! If anyone sees something suspicious they should immediately contact the Sheriff’s Department.

I certainly understand your interest in conveying safety information to the community, but I was concerned when your latest email contained information that this incident was a hate crime. I hope that you can appreciate that my interest lies in providing the community with relevant and accurate information with regard to the Sheriff’s activity in the community of Rossmoor.

Thank you for your time.

Steve Doan

Steven Doan, Captain
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
North Operations Division
(714) 647-4559

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