PALMDALE – An east Palmdale street was shut down and more than a dozen homes were evacuated for more than three hours Wednesday after gang detectives searching a probationer’s home found what was thought to be an explosives lab.
The sheriff’s arson and explosives team, FBI bomb technicians, and a hazmat team were called to the scene, and the incident ended in the arrest of 25-year-old Michael Debinion, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Read it below:
On January 22, detectives from Arson/Explosives Detail (AED) responded to the 37100 block of Julian Lane, Palmdale, to assist Palmdale Operation Safe Streets (OSS) detectives with the discovery of what was thought to be an explosives lab in a garage.
Detectives had been conducting a probation search of that residence, and while looking for evidence of another crime committed by the resident, they found what appeared to be homemade explosives.
Assisting AED was personnel from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Materials Unit, as well as Special Enforcement Bureau’s, Emergency Services Detail personnel. AED bomb technicians were assisted by Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Bomb Tech personnel and conducted an extensive search of the garage.
They located the requisites for the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as those for the manufacturer of destructive devices.
The resident, 25 year-old Michael Debinion, who is on felony probation, was arrested for possession of a firearm as a felon. He also has pending charges of possession of bomb making materials and possession of methamphetamine. He was booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station and is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, Operation Safe Streets at 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).