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3 jailed on charges related to a series of mysterious explosions

VISTA, Calif. — Two men and a woman were arrested early Saturday after a brief pursuit with sheriff’s deputies and now face charges in a series of blasts in North County this week, authorities said.

Hunting for those behind the mysterious explosions in the Vista area, sheriff’s detectives caught the attention of locals as they appeared with no apparent motives or targets. Their arrest came after midnight Saturday when detectives spotted a vehicle captured on surveillance footage of one of the blast sites at the 1200 block of North Santa Fe Avenue, Lt. Sheriff’s David Buether.

When deputies tried to stop the car, the driver didn’t stop and led them on a two-mile chase in which the vehicle’s passengers reportedly threw “explosive devices” out the car’s window, Buether said. Two of them were later recovered and deemed safe by the agency.

The vehicle stopped at the 1800 block of Queens Way north of the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in the unincorporated Vista.

Investigators were executing a search warrant on the car and a home on the 1200 block of North Santa Fe Avenue. During these searches, authorities found additional explosive devices, bomb-making materials and a preparation station, according to Buether. Several firearms and ammunition were also confiscated.

Three children — a 14-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl and a toddler — were in the home where investigators were searching. They have since been taken into the care of relatives, Büther said.

The three arrests from the case include:

  • Valentin CastanedaAge 25: He faces the most serious charges in the case, including possession of a destructive device near a church, possession of material with intent to make explosives, detonation of a device with intent to scare fear, preventing a crime and endangering children;
  • Juan Jose Castaneda Santiago22 years and Caleigh Tabler21 years: Both are subsequently confronted with the same allegations of complicity and child endangerment.

Castaneda, Santiago and Tabler are each being committed to the Vista Detention Center, detectives said.

No casualties were reported in any of the explosions involved and there was no damage to property. The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Division.

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/3-jailed-on-charges-tied-to-series-of-mysterious-explosions/ 3 jailed on charges related to a series of mysterious explosions

Sarah Y. Kim

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