County police find bomb-making materials

King County deputies arrested a Milton woman near unincorporated Auburn early last week after they discovered a gun and drugs under her seat and homemade explosives in the trunk of her car.

Deputies also arrested a Federal Way man for illegally possessing a firearm.

King County officers responded to the area when a woman living on Military Road South called 911 about 3:45 a.m. to report hearing voices in her backyard.

When the deputy arrived, he saw a 31-year-old man walking alone in the 37300 block of Military Road near the woman’s house. The man told the deputy he had been in a fight with two female friends farther down the road and they had kicked him out of the car.

As the deputy was talking to the man, he noticed the man was sweating and had two jackets over his left hand, which he kept partially behind his back.

When the deputy asked if the man had any weapons, he said he had a knife and pointed to his pants pocket. The deputy noticed metal and thought the man might be holding a gun, according to his police report. He told the man to show him what he had under the coats.

The man lifted his left arm, but didn’t remove the coats. The deputy raised the coats himself, according to the report, and confirmed the man was carrying a Colt .380 pistol.

The deputy handcuffed the man and put him in the patrol car. The man is a convicted felon, according to the report, and was arrested for illegally possessing a firearm.

As the deputy examined the gun, another deputy arrived at the scene and a car with a female driver and female passenger approached along Military Road. The man told the deputy, “There go my friends.”

The two women stopped nearby and told the deputy the man had been with them earlier, but denied knowing he had a gun.

When deputies searched the women’s car for weapons, they found a pistol under the passenger seat. The driver, a 23-year-old woman from Milton, said she didn’t know anything about the gun. She also was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm.

During a search of her car following her arrest, deputies found a hatchet, a disassembled stun gun and some .380 bullets. They also found a bag containing several baggies with white powder residue, glass smoking pipes, straws and a needle.

As officers were removing items from the woman’s car, the man called one of the deputies over and warned him the woman usually carried a bomb in her car, specifically a homemade stick of dynamite in a bag in the trunk.

Deputies contacted the bomb unit, who came to the scene and recovered several improvised explosive devices, various bomb-making materials and literature from the trunk. Police also found burglary tools and clothing in the trunk.

The man and woman were booked into the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and

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