Bomb Scare Forces SJ Neighborhood Evacuation

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010  |  Updated 11:28 AM PDT
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Bomb Scare Forces SJ Neighborhood Evacuation

About 20-30 people who live in the South San Jose neighborhood in the 400 block of Avienda Robles were evacuated because one of their neighbors was suspected of making a bomb.

It was a night out like no other for several South Bay residents Tuesday.

About 20-30 people who live in the South San Jose area of the 400 block of Avienda Robles were evacuated because one of their neighbors was suspected of making a bomb.

A tipster called cops at about 5:45 p.m. saying his roommate was, "messing around with device that looked like a  bomb" in their apartment, SJPD Officer Jose Garcia said. Bomb squad team members made their way into the home with a remote device to determine if explosives were actually in the suspect's possession at the time his roommate reported the incident.

Sometime around 10:15 p.m., police questioned the suspected bomb-maker, 54-year-old Benjamin Do. He was arrested after police discovered he had allegedly threatened another person who doesn't live at the apartment.

The evacuated residents waited at the Oak Grove Baptist Church on Blossom Hill Road during the search. They were allowed to return to their homes just before 2 a.m.

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