A San Jose man was arrested Tuesday evening after his roommate reported he had what appeared to be an explosive device, prompting the evacuation of neighbors as a bomb squad scoured the home. At about 5:45 p.m., police responded to a call from someone who said he had seen his roommate “messing around with device that looked like a
bomb” at their apartment in the 400 block of Avenida Arboles, police Officer Jose Garcia said. About 20 to 30 residents in the South San Jose neighborhood were evacuated to Oak Grove Baptist Church at 479 Blossom Hill Road while police attempted to make contact with the suspect, 54-year-old Benjamin Do, Garcia said. Do complied with police demands and was taken into custody for questioning. During the investigation, police learned that Do had allegedly threatened a third party who does not live at the home. That person was contacted and confirmed the account, and Do was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of making a criminal threat, Garcia said. Garcia said he did not know if the threat for which Do was arrested was related to the roommate’s report about the explosive device. The San Jose police bomb squad searched the apartment using a remote device. The search was completed at about 3:30 a.m. today, and no
explosives or bomb-making materials were found, Garcia said. Some residents were allowed back into their homes sometime before midnight but others were asked to steer clear until the bomb squad wrapped up its search. No one was injured in the incident.