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Flagstaff, Arizona; On February 5, 2014 Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the Williams/Grand Canyon Patrol District arrested 20 year-old Jose Manuel Hernandez, 18 year-old Christian Campos and 18 year-old Victoria Mast for two counts of Weapons Misconduct and two counts of Harassment on each person.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence located outside the city limits of Williams and within the unincorporated area of Coconino County on the report of explosions and harassment from the same victim on four different occasions. The residence is located in a housing area that borders the Elephant Rocks Golf Course. According to the victim on each occasion, he would hear the sound of as many as three loud explosions in close proximity to his home. During each separate response, investigating Deputies observed and collected as many as three plastic bottles that were partially destroyed by an explosion. Most of the bottles collected exhibited signs of melting possibly as the result of a chemical reaction within the bottle and a subsequent explosion. The evidence collected is indicative of chemical bombs created by placing some type of volatile chemical or chemical compound in the bottle and sealing it with aluminum foil.
The reported crimes occurred on January 21st, 22nd, 23rd and the 29th of 2013. On January 22nd one of the investigating Deputies made contact with the office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and appraised a Federal ATF Agent of the reports, the subsequent investigations and evidence collected. Deputies became aware that Williams Police Officers were investigating multiple incidents of eggs thrown at parked vehicles within Williams City Limits. A Williams Police Officer informed the Sheriff’s Office he observed the above listed individuals in the area of the victim’s neighborhood.
During interviews with Deputies all of the above three suspects made statements implicating them in the crimes of Weapons Misconduct and Harassment.
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Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089