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A member of the bomb squad gingerly removes what turned out to be an air soft gun from the suspect vehicle

Paul Wellman

A member of the bomb squad gingerly removes what turned out to be an air soft gun from the suspect vehicle


Bomb Scare at Goleta Vons

UPDATE: Bomb Squad Finds Fake Grenades and Airsoft Gun in Teen’s Car


Originally published 11:53 a.m., May 10, 2013
Updated 2:05 p.m., May 10, 2013
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[UPDATE; 2:05 p.m.]: San Marcos High School is no longer on lockdown and the Turnpike Shopping Center is back open after the Sheriff’s bomb squad searched the teen’s vehicle and found no dangerous devices. They did, however, find what appeared to be replica grenades and an airsoft pistol with its distinctive orange tip removed.

Items recovered the suspect vehicle, including two fake grenades and an air soft gun
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Paul Wellman

Items recovered the suspect vehicle, including two fake grenades and an air soft gun

Hoover said the 16-year-old is detained and undergoing a mental evaluation. She declined to release any more details on his encounters with Washington state law enforcement, his relationship to Santa Barbara, or how he was tracked to the shopping center. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, she said.

[UPDATE, 12:43 p.m.]: Barbara Keyani, spokesperson for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, said she’s been on and off the phone with San Marcos’s principal since the incident began. Students have been given the authorization to use the restroom with an escort, she said, and school officials are monitoring their food needs. Callouts have been made to parents, Keyani went on, and more information on the situation will be posted on the school’s website as it becomes available.

Sheriff's Department personnel examine items recovered from the teen's car
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Paul Wellman

Sheriff’s Department personnel examine items recovered from the teen’s car

[ORIGINAL REPORT]: A bomb threat made by a troubled teen this morning at the Vons grocery store off Hollister Avenue in Goleta has led to the lockdown of San Marcos High School and the evacuation of all the businesses in the Turnpike Shopping Center. The teen has been detained and is currently being questioned.

Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Kelly Hoover said that Washington state authorities contacted Santa Barbara law enforcement agencies at around 8:30 a.m. with a request to help locate an at-risk missing juvenile who may have traveled to the South Coast area. The 16-year-old reportedly has ties to Santa Barbara County, but what those connections are remains unclear.

Vons employees were evacuated during the bomb scare incident at the Turnpike Shopping Center
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Paul Wellman

Vons employees were evacuated during the bomb scare incident at the Turnpike Shopping Center

Sheriff’s deputies tracked the teen to the Vons grocery store where they attempted to make contact. The juvenile, however, “made allegations that there were explosives in his car,” explained Hoover, and so the evacuation and lockdown procedures were carried out as a precaution. The teen’s car, a white Honda Pilot, remains parked in the shopping center’s parking lot. A bomb squad is currently en route.

Check back for updates.

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Why would he have fake grenades and whatnot? Why would he tell the police that he had real bombs in his car?

Confusing story is confusing.

I wonder if this kid was sent down by CIA MKUltra to be a part of a false flag during the AMGEN tour. Hopefully they will cancel that. Or maybe his purpose was to help condition the public and they still have the false flag planned and this internet post will stop it from happening because their plan is on record in a local paper and too many people will be watching for funny business.

Watch for funny business.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
May 10, 2013 at 5:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

^Clarity: I hope they cancel the false flag, not the AMGEN tour.. by them of course I mean the FBI/CIA

I'm tired of staged false flag events.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
May 10, 2013 at 5:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

...replica grenades and an air soft pistol ...

The FBI must be running low of funds. ;-)

Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opi...

"...But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training... "

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
May 11, 2013 at 10:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I just hope the Indy has sense enough to use this pic and headline for next weeks edition. Sure, the NewsPress got the jump on alerting tourists to the threat this morning, but we can never alert all of them of the dangers.

BBOY (anonymous profile)
May 11, 2013 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm soooo scared. Can we please have more police with bigger weapons? ... and more eavesdropping, and plenty of drones?

lilbro (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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