A fire bomb went off in a car Friday morning, leading to an all-day police stand-off with a man barricaded in a bathroom.
Rio Rancho Police Lt. Richard Koschade said officers were called to the 1500 block of Estrellita Road about 10 a.m. to handle a report of criminal damage after an incendiary device went off in a car belonging to a family member of the offender. Police don’t know if the explosion was intentional.
When officers arrived, the offender barricaded himself in a bathroom with a blunt object that could be used as a weapon, Koschade said. Police also learned the man had warrants for his arrest.
They found what appeared to be a second homemade bomb and called the Albuquerque Police Bomb Squad. New Mexico State Police also helped, using their robot. Koschade said it wasn’t clear if the second device was able to explode.
Officers blocked off roads in the area and advised neighbors to shelter in place for safety.
The man was arrested about 4:30 p.m. and faces charges police hadn’t yet determined Friday evening, Koschade said.
The man was taken to receive treatment for minor injuries and then booked into Sandoval County Detention Center. No one else was hurt.