Detroit man arrested for allegedly possessing materials used to make a pipe bomb


A Detroit man was arrested Tuesday in Valencia on suspicion of carrying materials used to make a pipe bomb.

Just before 2 p.m. on the 28200 block of Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia, MPs conducting a theft investigation arrested a 21-year-old transient from Michigan.

After a search of the suspect, MPs reportedly found their theft investigation has grown into something bigger, officials at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station said.

“What began as a theft investigation led to the recovery of a loaded firearm that was not registered with the man, additional ammunition and materials that were used, among other things, to make a pipe bomb,” said the deputy spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

The man, identified as Garrett Willacker, an unemployed transient from Detroit, was rushed to the Sheriff’s Station and booked at 1:50 p.m. on suspicion of owning a loaded firearm and not its registered device and theft of utilities.

Law enforcement officials did not provide any further details on Wednesday as the arrest is currently under investigation.

Willacker was held on bail for $ 185,000.


Dusty Kennedy