UPDATE FEB. 21: A previously convicted felon was charged Wednesday for possession of a 12-inch pipe bomb that was found in a North Las Vegas house, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Christopher Michael Robinson, 46, of North Las Vegas, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for March 1.
According to the indictment and criminal complaint, on Jan. 11, North Las Vegas Police Department officers requested assistance from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and the FBI related to a pipe bomb in a house. The house’s resident indicated that he had evicted Robinson for nonpayment of rent and that Robinson had in turn threatened to “blow up the house.”
Bomb technicians used a robot to remove a 12-inch pipe bomb from the house. After inspection, it was determined that the pipe contained match heads, a pyrotechnic powder, and BB pellets (for fragmentation). During an interview with law enforcement, Robinson admitted to constructing the pipe bomb and stated that he was currently on parole in Hawaii for previously manufacturing a pipe bomb.
In addition to the current possession of a destructive device charge, Robinson is charged with being a former felon in possession of a destructive device after multiple prior felony convictions in Clark County, Nevada, and Hawaii.
If convicted, Robinson will face the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per each count.
The case is a joint investigation by the FBI, the North Las Vegas Police Department, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
One man has been arrested after a device was located inside a residence in North Las Vegas last night.
Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2200 block of Constance Avenue, near Clayton Street and Carey Avenue, in reference to a disturbance. During the course of their investigation into the disturbance it led them to the discovery of a suspicious device.
The Las Vegas Fire Department Bomb Squad arrived on scene and rendered the device safe as the ARMOR Task Force conducted the investigation. The NLVPD’s Detective Bureau ascertained the suspect’s location and took him into custody.
The ARMOR Task Force arrested 45-year-old Christopher Robinson for two counts of possession, manufacture or dispose of explosive or incendiary device. Robinson was booked into the City of Las Vegas Jail for the above charges.
The ARMOR Task Force is a specialized unit comprised of members from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, Henderson Police Department and the Nevada Department of Public Safety.