- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Court records show an 18-year-old Albuquerque man arrested for making a pressure cooker bomb was targeting his former high school girlfriend.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday shows the young woman found the device under her bed after it failed to explode and called police.

Ethan Guillen faces charges of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was ordered held Friday by a federal judge.

The complaint says Guillen told a federal agent he made black powder and put it inside the pressure-cooker along with nuts and bolts and a fuse. He then placed it under the bed and attached it to an appliance timer to kill his former girlfriend.

Defense attorney Dan Tallon questioned whether the agent accurately conveyed his client’s statement because it wasn’t recorded. He also said tests are needed to see if pressure cooker was legally a destructive device.


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