ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man accused of making bombs in his backyard apparently had a grudge against Albuquerque police and a roll in recent protests.
The Albuquerque Police Bomb Squad raided the man’s home this week and police believe what they found was intended to hurt or kill someone.
The suspect, Adrian Griego faced a judge Friday afternoon on a charge of possession of an explosive or incendiary device. The court appearance came just days after police found several alleged homemade bombs and loads of explosive materials at Griego’s home.
Many neighbors say they had no idea why APD’s Bomb Squad closed several blocks around Coal and Buena Vista in southeast Albuquerque on Tuesday night.
“It was pretty scary,” said one neighbor. “A lot of men fully suited men … I really didn’t know what was going on.”
But court paperwork filed Friday details that APD was defusing the alleged back yard bomb making work of Adrian Griego.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Griego, officers began investigating his home on Coal Place in late March 2014 when they responded to a domestic violence call. At that time, officers found explosive materials and learned that he has allegedly been making bombs for the last year and half.
The APD Bomb Squad raided on Tuesday afternoon. According to the complaint, investigators found ready to light explosives in two backyard buildings. Two of those explosives are called crickets. In the complaint, police describe the items as “a type of improvised explosive device which is constructed of CO2 cartridges, smokeless rifle powder and a time fuse.”
The complaint also states that investigators also found “three small metal round shape items” with a grey substances inside that “did burn energetically.”
Investigators also found a box with “4 separate bags of smokeless powder, 1 roll of hobby fuse and one 35mm camera roll contained filed to the top with ball bearings (shrapnel).”
According to the complaint, officers also learned “…Adrian is anti-government and anti-APD and has made statements that he hates the Albuquerque Police Department and he was part of anti-APD rallies.”
Griego only has a restraining order on his record. A judge set his bail at 25,000 cash or surety on Friday.
Meanwhile, some neighbors say the bomb-related arrest leaves them uneasy.
“I like to think of my neighborhood as pretty quiet and safe,” said one resident.
Investigators believe the explosives were meant “to harm” or “to kill: someone because of the ball bearings they found with the explosive materials. According to the complaint, police also learned that Griego typically detonates home-made bombs on the Mesa.