A convicted felon was arrested this morning in Moss Landing after Monterey County sheriff’s deputies found five pipe bombs and a gun in his recreational vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
At about 1 a.m. today, deputies were on patrol near Sandholt Road and state Highway 1 when they noticed an RV parked on the side of the road.
Deputies determined that the RV’s license plate did not match up with the vehicle, and went to contact the occupant, who turned out to be 40-year-old Erik Richard Snyder.
Snyder insisted that the vehicle was his and said the registration and ownership papers were in a lockbox, but when deputies looked in the box, they instead found the five pipe bombs and gun, sheriff’s officials said.
The sheriff’s bomb squad was called to the scene, verified that the five objects were explosives and rendered the bombs safe a short time later, according to deputies.
Snyder, a transient, was arrested on suspicion of possessing explosive devices and being a felon in possession of firearm, sheriff’s deputies said. He was booked into Monterey County Jail.
Snyder is a convicted felon with active restraining orders against him and was prohibited from having a gun, according to the sheriff’s office.
Based on an investigation, Snyder’s proximity to the Moss Landing Power Plant was determined to be a coincidence and it did not appear he was planning to target the plant with the explosives, according to the sheriff’s office.