A 29-year-old man was booked on multiple charges after police say he robbed a woman and then threatened his neighbor with what looked like a gun. Authorities responding to his south Modesto home called the Stanislaus County sheriff’s bomb squad after finding a suspicious device inside.
According to Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves, the incident began at 5:49 p.m. Monday. A person reported seeing a man with a gun near Hatch and Crows Landing roads, according to sheriff’s spokesman Royjindar Singh. Authorities say the man, later identified as Manuel Arroyo, robbed a woman in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Hatch Road.
“He decides after that he’s going to run to his house on foot,” Graves said. That was in the 500 block of Crater Avenue.
As he passed a neighbor, Arroyo pointed a gun at the man and threatened to kill him, she said.
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The neighbor “defended himself with a shovel,” Graves said, adding that it wasn’t clear if the neighbor struck Arroyo with the shovel.
Arroyo ran into his home as the neighbor called police. Singh, who had taken the robbery report, heard the neighbor’s description of the man with a gun and thought it sounded like the same person sought in the robbery.
Police went to the home and detained Arroyo without incident. After they identified him as a suspect in the robbery, officers searched the home.
“They found a replica gun that was apparently used in the crime spree,” Graves said. They also found an improvised explosive device made out of M80 explosives, she said.
The bomb squad responded and removed the device.
Arroyo was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of robbery, brandishing a weapon and making terrorist threats. Bail was set at $150,000.