Pasadena suspicious device: Suspect arrested hours after incident prompts massive evacuation

ByRob Hayes and staff KABC logo
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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A man has been arrested in connection with an evacuation that occurred in Pasadena after the discovery of what initially appeared to be an explosive.

PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a bomb scare that prompted a massive evacuation in Pasadena Monday night.

The suspect, Theodore Bancarz of Glendale, was taken into custody shortly before midnight, a Pasadena police spokesperson confirmed Tuesday morning.

Bancarz was arrested at his residence for two misdemeanor drug warrants after investigators contacted him at his residence. The suspect told investigators the device was not explosive, but was instead used to move drugs outside of a vehicle when he was in transit.

Ten blocks were evacuated after the suspicious device was discovered attached to the back of a U-Haul truck. Several streets in the area of Raymond Avenue and California Boulevard were shut down, and Gold Line service was interrupted.

Investigators said that while the device included several apparent hallmarks of an explosive, it was later deemed safe.

Pasadena police described the device as a plastic pipe, wrapped in tape and attached to the truck's bumper using magnets.

Lt. Jason Clawson said similar devices are commonly used in transporting illegal items, such as narcotics, to avoid detection.

Another device found in Bancarz's home was filled with methamphetamine and hypodermic needles, police said. Officers also found cocaine in the suspect's residence.

The device found Monday was empty.