DA’s office files charges against teenage pipe bomb suspect
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The District Attorney’s Office filed 10 charges Wednesday against an 18-year-old from Rifle accused of making pipe bombs and selling drugs.
Magistrate Lain Leoniak advised him of the charges: reckless endangerment, two counts of possession of explosives plus possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of prescription medication and other charges. Six of the charges are felonies.
Scott Stricklan said, “Yes ma’am,” when Leoniak asked if he understood the charges. He said he intends to get an attorney.
“Based on the severity of the charges, that is a wise decision,” Leoniak said.
Glenwood Springs police arrested Stricklan Nov. 8 after staff at Rollin Audio reported they found a pipe bomb under the seat of his car while working on his stereo. Police said they called in the Grand Junction Hazardous Device Response Team to make sure the bomb was defused safely.
During questioning at the Glenwood Springs Police Department, Stricklan admitted he made a pipe bomb and left it under his back seat, police said in an arrest affidavit.
Stricklan also said he made another pipe bomb weeks earlier and detonated it at the Rifle Reservoir, police said.
Police said Stricklan told them that he made the bombs out of “boredom” because “there is nothing else to do in Rifle.” Stricklan said he never intended to hurt anyone.
He also allegedly told police he got an AK-47 assault rifle when he was 17 by getting an 18-year-old friend to buy one for him.
During a search of Stricklan’s house, police said they found $3,300 in cash with over an ounce of marijuana in different bags, plus around four bags with about five grams each of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Police also said they found Valium, three marijuana grinders, five bongs, eight pipes, thirteen packages of rolling paper and a digital scale.
Stricklan posted a bond of over $30,000 two cases Nov. 9. He next appears in court Jan. 15.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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