A Colorado man has been charged for obliterating a Postal Service mailbox with a pipe bomb last week.
45-year-old John Henry Bowman, just before 2:30 a.m. on April 21st, turned out to be the cause of “suspicious noises” reported.
At 7 a.m. is when the call came in about the destroyed mailbox, which was in front of a building that used to be home to a Safeway grocery store.
Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service and the ATF joined Arvada, Colorado Police in the investigation, and were able to track down Mr. Bowman after reviewing police records of suspicious vehicles from the night of the explosion.
An officer had run the plates on Bowmanâ€™s car, seen in the area around the time of the explosion.
Investigators then interviewed him and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Tasia Losli, and determined that they’d been in the area at the time. They also reviewed surveillance video from a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant nearby and were able to identify the couple walking behind the restaurant, away from the explosion.
â€œBoth subjects in the video are wearing long-sleeved dark clothing. The male subject is similar to the driverâ€™s license photo and recent booking photo from the Arvada Police Department for John Bowman,â€ according to the arrest affidavit. â€œThe female in the video is similar to the booking photo of Tasia Losli.â€
Officers obtained and executed a search warrant for Bowmanâ€™s residence, and arrested him. He soon confessed to destroying the mailbox with a pipe bomb.
â€œDuring the interview Bowman admitted to making a pipe bomb and filling it with gun powder. He stated he put a cannon fuse in the pipe and walked to the mailbox,â€ the arrest affidavit states. â€œBowman went on to state that he lit the fuse and placed the device in the mailbox.â€
He told cops that he did it to impress his girlfriend.
â€œWhen asked why he did this, Bowman stated that he wanted to impress his girlfriend, Tasia Losli, because she wanted to hear a â€˜loud boom.â€™ Bowman also stated during the interview that he â€˜blew up a mailboxâ€™ and it was â€˜stupidâ€™ to do so,â€ according to the arrest affidavit.
He appeared in court Monday and is scheduled for a detention hearing later this week.
He remains in custody.
Ms. Losli wasn’t charged.