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San Jose Police Investigating Oak Grove High Explosive Device Incident Search Man's Residence

The investigation of an explosive device found Tuesday at Oak Grove High School led to the arrest of a suspect early Friday morning, San Jose police said.

Andrew White, 36, was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 5000 block of Tyhurst Court following an extended standoff with police.

The standoff and subsequent investigation led to an evacuation of the neighborhood that lasted until Friday night. Evacuations were lifted around 11 p.m.

"I could hear the cop sirens yelling, 'Andrew White, Andrew White,' all saying 'come out with your hands up, we have the block pretty much surrounded, come out,'" said Edson Diaz, a neighbor.

Police arrested White on an outstanding drug warrant and for resisting arrest. Once he was in coustody, autorities brought in a bomb squad, including a remote-control robot, to safely remove what they described as "several improvised explosive devices." 

A woman who said she's White's wife said he's not a bad guy and police went overboard taking him into custody.

"It was a stupid probation thing, and then it got blown completely out of proportion," she said.

But one of White's neighbors is happy he's in custody. 

"That person was not a good person," the neighbor said. "He was always driving a motorcycle really bad. He would do what ever he wanted, and nobody would tell him nothing."

Police said the investigation is connected with the device discovered about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the school at 285 Blossom Hill Road. But, they can not confirm that White is directly responsible for that incident.

The San Jose Police Department is appealing to the public for information in the Oak Grove incident. Anyone who has tips or video surveillance of the area is urged to contact Detective Joel Martinez (408) 464-8379.

Information can be submitted anonymously at (408) 947-7867.

Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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