Lafayette pipe bomb suspect arrested and charged

Armando A. Guzman Jr. (Photo Provided/Lafayette Police Department)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A man accused of having a pipe bomb has been formally charged. Police have taken him back into custody and he’s due in court for his arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington has charged Armando Guzman Jr., 42, of Lafayette with eight charges including one count of possession of a destructive device, a charge connected to the improvised explosive device found in his apartment Monday night.

The incident started Monday afternoon when police responded to a domestic battery complaint at the Chauncey Village apartment complex, where the victim told police Guzman had pistol whipped her. Guzman had fled by the time police arrived.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Guzman attacked the victim and hit her in the side if the face with his gun. He then got on top of her, pinning her arms down with his knees, and punched her in the face. The documents then go on to say Guzman stuck the gun into the victim’s mouth and threatened to blow her head off.

Once Guzman returned home, police arrested him on preliminary charges which were domestic battery, confinement and intimidation using a deadly weapon.

It was only after authorities obtained a search warrant that a pipe bomb was found in the residence. The bomb squad was called in, nearby apartments were evacuated and the pipe bomb was detonated and removed. Inside the apartment, authorities also found several firearms and ammunition.

The Tippecanoe County Explosive Ordinance Disposal team rendered the IED safe. The device did not explode and there were no injuries.

On Tuesday, Guzman posted bail. However, Tuesday night, authorities rearrested Guzman on formal charges where prosecutors added new counts against him.

Guzman has been charged with criminal confinement, battery by means of a deadly weapon, serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a destructive device, intimidation by using a deadly weapon, domestic battery, pointing a firearm and unlawful use of a firearm.

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