Materials employed to build explosives had been observed on Monday in the course of the research of the Stockton house of a man who was arrested Sunday in relationship with igniting an explosive unit on Saturday.

Authorities on Monday evacuated the 2400 block of W. Sonoma Avenue as the residence was searched by equally the San Joaquin Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) group and the FBI.

According to a San Joaquin County Sheriff report, James Towles, 50, was spotted driving a car or truck in west Stockton on Sunday. Towles fled when deputies tried to cease him. His vehicle rear-ended a truck in the location of Ryde and Alpine avenues. Towles was taken into custody and medical help was presented to passengers in the truck. They appeared to have only slight accidents.

Towles’ auto was searched and an merchandise resembling a tiny explosive was discovered, authorities described. The EOD was known as to the scene and disposed of the product.

Towles was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on numerous fees: possession of explosives, felony strike and run with injuries, possession of cocaine, and possession of an illegal weapon. 

James Towles

Authorities mentioned the arrest was linked to an event Saturday that also resulted in the arrest of Russell Altheide, 65, on several expenses including possession of explosives and conspiracy to dedicate crime.

Russell Altheide

In that incident, an unique was witnessed on surveillance online video throwing an explosive unit at a neighborhood church at Alpine and Delaware avenues after a celebration of lifetime.

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