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Ismail Moylan Petaluma man charged with felony pipe bomb possession

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A Petaluma man was charged in Sonoma County Superior Court this afternoon with felony pipe bomb possession charges. Ismail Moylan, 30, of Petaluma, did not appear in court for an arraignment this afternoon because of medical reasons. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Moylan is charged with possession of an explosive device, possession of an explosive device in an inhabited area and possession of materials used to make an explosive device, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bud McMahon said.

He is being held under $1 million bail in the Sonoma County jail. McMahon said Moylan faces six years in prison on the charges. Four plastic pipe bombs were found Monday and Tuesday in the garage of the home Moylan shares with his mother in the 900 block of Quarry Street in north Petaluma, McMahon said. Petaluma police went to the two-story residence around 5:30 p.m. Monday after a family member said Moylan was despondent and might have a gun, police Lt. Tim Lyons said.

Moylan called a friend and said he was going to kill himself with a gun, McMahon said. Moylan had legal possession of a gun that was found in his vehicle. Moylan also was in possession of drugs without a prescription, McMahon said. Moylan gave himself up to police and was initially arrested on the drug charge and for possession of a pipe bomb and was booked in the Sonoma County jail under $25,000 bail. His bail was raised to $1 million when the other pipe bombs were found.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s bomb squad and the FBI remained at the scene Tuesday investigating the pipe bombs and materials used to make them, Lyons said. Defense attorney Michael Li, who met privately with Moylan’s family after the brief court hearing today, said Moylan “has had suicidal ideations.” Li said Moylan is unemployed and is being held in the jail in a “security cell” because of his suicide threat Monday.

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