Ammo Find Leads to Stand-off, Arrest in Santa Clara

An incident that began Thursday last through Saturday.

Sunday, Dec 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:32 PM PDT
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Ammo Find Leads to Stand-off, Arrest in Santa Clara

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A 45-year-old Santa Clara man was arrested Thursday after police discovered several improvised explosive devices in the man's home, two of  which a county bomb squad determined were unstable, police said.

Officers responded to 481 Rosemont Drive at about 5:35 p.m. Thursday on a report of suspicious circumstances at the address, and officers heard what sounded like a BB gun being fired in the home.

Police said that officers negotiated with Daniel Pappas, 45, to come out of the home and arrested Pappas without incident.

Officers learned that Pappas allegedly had been firing a .22-caliber rifle from inside the home.

After obtaining a search warrant, police detectives found give blowguns, four improvised explosive devices, three homemade guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, police said.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Unit responded to the  home and found that two of the explosive devices were unstable and disposed  of them on site. The other two devices were taken for further study.

Pappas was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of  possession of explosive devices and negligent discharge of a firearm, as well  as for weapons-related violations.
 

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