A 28-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning in connection with the explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments that earlier that day, a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman announced today.
Juan Gonzales was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness. Gonzales was released on his own recognizance.
Gonzales was not the man injured in the explosion.
“The investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent,” said LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.
When police arrived on the scene of the explosion Monday morning around 1:30 a.m., they encountered two males standing outside Apt. 11, the apartment involved in the explosion. One of the individuals was Gonzales.
The other male, identified in court documents as Gonzales’ nephew had a deep cut on his right foot and several burns to his face and body. The individual was identified as Gonzales’ nephew, and has not yet been arrested. He explained to officers that he was refilling a butane lighter in his bathroom when it exploded.