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Las Vegas man arrested following pipe bomb scare

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 12:13:21-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The arrest report and booking photo for the man who police say was the cause for last Friday's pipe bomb scare have been released, revealing more details about the alarming incident.

According to the report, Daniel Spitler is bi-polar and was off of his medication last Thursday when he became irate with his mother, throwing a water bottle at her head.

He then began to destroy household items after an argument with his mother and sister. Spitler then left the apartment.

Spitler's sister, according to police, began to clean up the mess he had left and discovered a plastic bag with the pipe bombs inside near the couch where Spitler normally slept.

She told her mother to call the police, but was told not to by the older woman out of fear that Spitler would be arrested and then come back to physically harm them.

The bag with the bombs was put into a crate and the crate was taken around the corner to a storage facility located on the 1900 block of South Decatur Boulevard, near West Oakey Boulevard.

On Friday, Spitler became irate once more and began to trash the apartment again, kicking in the walls and forcing his family to call the police.

Police were also told about the pipe bombs and their location by Spitler's family members.

The report then states that police obtained permission from the family to check the contents of the storage locker and soon discovered the bombs inside.

A perimeter was established around the facility and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police's ARMOR unit responded to the location.

A police K-9 went over the items and confirmed the presence of explosive materials.

Police then obtained a search warrant signed by a judge and used a robotic device to safely remove the pipe bombs.

The powder inside the pipes was tested and confirmed to be explosive.

Daniel Spitler was then taken into custody on two counts of unlawful possession/manufacturing of an explosive or incendiary device and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.