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Elk Grove man arrested after police find explosive devices, bomb-making tools in his home

Edward Henderson
Edward Henderson Elk Grove Police Department

The man who forced the evacuation of a Elk Grove neighborhood Tuesday afternoon after police say they found two explosive devices in his home was booked into the Sacramento County jail early Wednesday.

Edward Henderson, 47, was arrested on suspicion of possessing explosive devices, owning ingredients to make explosive devices, making threats, breaking the terms of his probation and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The incident prompted police to evacuate nearby residents of the 8800 block of Mandalay Way, south of Sheldon Road and west of Elk Grove Florin Road, after they received a report of an armed man who had possibly kidnapped his wife. Christopher Trim, Elk Grove Police Department spokesman, said the report was made from a person inside the home. That person said Henderson had a gun.

The Sacramento County sheriff’s bomb squad was called to help check the devices in the house, and determined the two were functioning explosive gadgets. The squad was able to take the devices and safely dispose of them, Trim said.

Claims that Henderson kidnapped his wife were unfounded, Trim said.

Other explosive device-making tools, as well as ammunition, were also found in the home. Henderson and his wife were found in a car on South Watt Avenue later that night. No handgun was found in either the home or the car, Trim said.

Henderson pleaded no contest to a 2013 misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, Sacramento Superior Court records show. A felony child endangerment charge in his name, along with felony possession of a controlled substance and marijuana cultivation charges, were dismissed in 2011.

Trim said the department will continue to investigate the incident.

“There’s some additional work that needs to be done on our end,” Trim said.

Henderson’s bail is set at $510,000. He is scheduled to appear in Sacramento Superior Court for an arraignment hearing on Thursday.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets