Emeryville Police arrested a cyclist for possession of a an improvised explosive device (IED) last night at about 11 p.m.. The suspect was riding in the vicinity of Park Avenue and Watts Street across from the Pixar entrance when the EPD initiated a traffic enforcement stop.
Officers determined that the cyclist was on active probation and conducted a search of the their property. During the search, officers located an object with characteristics of an explosive device. They summoned assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Squad.
The EOD squad responded to the scene and rendered the suspicious device safe. A protective sweep of the area was then conducted for secondary devices and Officers deemed the area safe.
The cyclist, identified as a 38 year old Berkeley resident, was subsequently arrested and booked on possession of an explosive device and a probation violation.
There were no injuries associated with the device and the EPD described this as an “isolated incident.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Emeryville Police Department, Criminal Investigations Section at (510) 596-3700.