Ice bombers arrested on Hill

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By Carol A. Clark

A metal mailbox exploded on Tunyo Street after vandals placed a dry ice bomb inside of it Wednesday night. The teens drove up from the Española Valley in a brown jeep, mixed dry ice and water inside plastic Gatorade bottles and went on a destructive spree exploding the devices throughout the area, according to police reports.

Residents alerted police who quickly spotted the Jeep at about 10 p.m. and pulled it over. Ofc. Kevin Perno approached the vehicle and found it loaded with five teenagers, empty and full plastic water bottles and a black bucket of dry ice.

The teens include a 17-year-old male driver and his passengers Humberto Sinaloa, 19, Brandon Gasca, 19, a 16-year-old female and another 17-year-old male.

While Perno worked the scene, Sgt. Andrew Goldie located two devices that had exploded at the intersection of Barranca Road and Venado, another at Venado and Cervato, a fourth on Tunyo Street and a fifth unexploded bomb on Venado.

Los Alamos Police Bomb Technician Sgt. Fred Rascon was called out and rendered the device harmless, according to the report.

It was determined from talking with the teenagers that they conspired to travel to Los Alamos to deploy the explosive devices in and around mailboxes “so they could hear them explode,” according to the report.

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