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Police Release Photo of Bomb Suspect in Custody
Joshua Martin Parradavis is being held at the Arcadia Police Department Jail.
The Arcadia Police Department has released a photo of the suspect involved in Friday’s incident that locked down Foothills Middle School and temporarily closed the McDonald’s and Bank of America on Foothill Boulevard.
Joshua Martin Parradavis, a 23 year-old Arcadia resident, is being held at the Arcadia Police Department Jail on charges of possession of an explosive device while the APD, FBI and the Los Angleles Sheriff’s Department explosives detail continue their joint investigation, according to Lt. Paul Foley of the APD.
Lt. Foley said Parradavis has a prior criminal history with the APD and other cities within the San Gabriel Valley.
Bail has been set at $500,512.
Lt. Colleen Flores of the Arcadia Police Department said Saturday morning that Parradavis’ motives were still unknown.
“He’s being interviewed by detectives, and he’s not talking,” she said.
UPDATE: Bomb Squad Safely Detonates Homemade Explosive; Police Say Suspect In Custody
McDonald’s and Bank of America on Foothill Boulevard were temporarily closed as police investigated. Foothills Middle School was briefly locked down.
A male suspect whom police and witnesses say was carrying a homemade explosive device has been detained by the Arcadia Police Department.
Police were called to Foothills Middle School in Arcadia at about 10 a.m. Friday to investigate a suspicious person on campus who tried to open several classrooms, according to Lt. Colleen Flores.
A witness saw the suspicious person walking toward the Bank of America at 169 E. Foothill Blvd. The suspect, who is in police custody, left a backpack in bushes close to the bank and ran through the parking lot before being detained by police.
“He had a bag, and they found a pipe bomb in his bag. They already caught him and hauled [him] to jail,” Bob Kline, a witness at the scene, said.
Police said they found what was thought to be a homemade explosive device in the suspect’s backpack. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was called to the scene and detonated the device and rendered it safe, according to police.
During the investigation, police taped off the shopping center on Foothill Boulevard and Second Avenue where the man was detained.
Kline and his wife, Teresa, were inside the Bank of America when police entered and informed everyone inside that the business was being evacuated, he said.
A loud bang could be heard just after 12:35 p.m., which was presumably the sound of the bomb squad detonating the device.
The police also evacuated the McDonald’s at 143 E. Foothill Blvd. The suspect reportedly filled out a job application at McDonalds before being detained by police.
The Sheriff’s bomb squad deployed a bomb disposal robot, which could be seen in front of the Bank of America building on Foothill and Second Street carrying a small cloth bag. At one point, the robot dropped the bag onto the asphalt and then picked it up again.
According to a bulletin issued by the APD, Foothills Middle School went on lockdown as of midday due to this incident, which was lifted around 1:30 p.m. Students are reported to be safe and the school secure. The suspect was reportedly a former student at the school and had been hanging around the campus before he was detained, Arcadia Police Sgt. Vaughan Whalen said.
In a recorded message sent to parents of Foothills students, Superintendent Joel Shawn said, “I wanted to alert you to the fact that we are on lockdown at Foothills Middle School. I want to assure you that everybody’s safe. We are supervising all the students. We are working closely with the police department and will follow this communication up with another one as soon as everything has been resolved. Several of the streets in the area are closed off, so you will not be able to get to the school, and we’re asking that you not do that. Again, everybody is safe.”
The police said the school was in no immediate danger and students will be released at normal dismissal times.
Nora Martinez and her husband Lee Martinez were dining at the McDonald’s on Foothill when police entered the restaurant and abruptly told everyone to leave.
“This is crazy,” Nora Martinez said. “We’re just eating lunch and they came in and told us that we needed to evacuate.”
Lee Martinez was still munching on his Angus cheeseburger in the parking lot while waiting for the police to let him retrieve his car from the crime scene.
“I got to eat my hamburger some place,” he said.