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Arizona man accused of setting off homemade explosives

Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 19:14:20-04
Bullhead City Police arrested a man responsible for setting off homemade explosive devices in the Bullhead City area. 
Two weeks ago, police and bomb technicians investigated an explosive device that was detonated in an alleyway in the 800 block of Hancock Road.
At that time, a business nearby reported they believed another explosive device was set off a few days prior in the same area. It was reported that a red Dodge pickup truck may have been involved.
On Sept. 4, a citizen who had knowledge of the suspect vehicle contacted police after seeing a similar vehicle driving on Highway 95.
Police learned that the truck was registered to Philip Krikorian Jr., 48, who lives in the 1800 block of Diamond Drive.
Records showed that police had contacted Krikorian during a 2015 investigation where a pipe bomb was exploded in a vacant lot on Diamond Drive.
Krikorian was not a suspect in the 2015 investigation; however, his residence was next door to where the device exploded and it was noted that he was uncooperative with detectives. A nearby mobile home was damaged by the 2015 explosion.
On the same day, police contacted Krikorian at his residence and could see materials on his porch that were consistent with the material used in the Aug. 22 incident.
Police obtained a search warrant and located many items of evidentiary value, including numerous incendiary materials and several improvised explosive devices completed and ready to use. 
A pistol was also located and Krikorian was arrested for misconduct involving weapons/ prohibited possessor of a firearm and prohibited possessor of weapons.
Additional charges are pending. Krikorian was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.