St. Helens man arrested after explosion
Police arrested a 41-year-old St. Helens man on Friday after he allegedly detonated a homemade explosive device.
St. Helens police responded to South 18th Street shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, following multiple reports of an explosion in the area, the city said.
A resident told police that a male suspect "set off an explosive device in a residential front yard before being chased off the property," a St. Helens press release stated.
The suspect, Clinton James Allen, was located "a short distance away" by St. Helens police officers, who took him into custody "without incident," the city said.
In addition to the bomb that had been detonated before police were called to the scene, an unexploded device was located. The Oregon State Police's bomb squad was called in to assist with the investigation.
Allen also had a loaded handgun when he was arrested, police said.
Allen was booked into the Columbia County Jail, where he remained in custody
On Monday, Nov. 15, Allen was charged with two counts of unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, two counts of unlawful possession of a destructive device, unlawful use of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and disorderly conduct in the second degree.
Earlier this year, Allen was arrested on charges including attempted murder, after allegedly firing a short-barreled gun at a friend.
According to an affidavit filed by Columbia County Deputy Collin Brehm, Allen's parents called 9-1-1 in January to report that their son had fired off a shotgun near his friend. Allen's mother said Allen was mentally ill and had been acting strangely for the past week or so.
A friend, Jacob Duvall, had come over to the house where Allen lives with his parents to eat dinner with Allen on the patio. Duvall said he jokingly told Allen that because of how Allen was moving around and looking at him, it looked like Allen thought he was the devil and was going to shoot him, the affidavit stated.
Duvall said that roughly 20 to 30 minutes later, Allen fired a single shot toward Duvall, with the shotgun pellets narrowly missing him.
Duvall was not involved in the Nov. 12 incident.
Allen was released on bail in the spring.
Jennifer Myrick, Allen's attorney, notified the court that she intends to seek a ruling of guilty except for insanity.
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