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Arrest made in Mayo Clinic pipe bomb scare


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities have made an arrest in the bomb scare that forced the evacuation of a Mayo Clinic parking ramp for hours.  The 17-year-old son of the woman who reported the pipe bomb in the trunk of her car on July 20 is charged with the crime.

All pipe bombs are illegal in Minnesota but this case shows how one found in a public area can bring serious consequences as one family is learning.

On July 19, Rochester law enforcement evacuated the Generose Parking ramp at St. Marys Hospital on the report of a pipe bomb inside the car of the woman who was there to visit her son.

"He was in an accident. A car accident," said Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand.  "He went to St. Marys Hospital, his mother went up there to see him and she had informed, according to Rochester Police, there was a pipe bomb in the trunk of the car."

It was not long after, reinforcements were called upon.  "The Bloomington Bomb Squad is going to take it out to a quarry somewhere, and with the assistance of the fire department they will detonate it," said Sgt. Steve Thompson on the scene of last Thursday's evacuation.

It was six hours before the three-foot pipe, packed with gunpowder and a fuse was removed and bystanders were given the all-clear.

Although the woman's son didn't bring the bomb to the hospital, deputies say he is linked to making it.  The teen was arrested at his home near the town of Troy, south of St. Charles, and appeared in Olmsted County Court to face charges.

"Possession of an explosive device. Dangerous weapons that endangers the safety of others," said Brand.

While Rochester officials were at Mayo Clinic with their hands full, the Winona County Sheriff explains investigators were at the mother and son's former residence.

"He's blown them off before according to witnesses," said Brand.  "Neighbors, farmers that live next door, told the investigator that he has heard a loud 'bang' before over at that residence not knowing what it was.  But it was a loud enough where it shook the barn windows and disturbed his cattle.  And we found partial residue at that residence where they had lived... where the bomb was made."

The boy is currently being detained at a correctional facility in Red Wing where he will await his second court hearing next Tuesday.

Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman tells us the teen will be tried as a juvenile as long as he remains in good standing.

As for the teen's mother, Sheriff Brand says it's not clear if she will face any charges.

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