Man arrested with small bomb in trunk

September 4, 2008 3:58:01 PM PDT
A Kingwood man faces explosives charges after police say they found bomb-making material in the trunk of his car.At a salon once owned by Bryan McAndrew, word of his arrest has left customers in shock. One woman who asked we conceal her identity says she considered him a friend.

"It's frightening, very frightening," she said. "It's not the person I knew 15 years ago."

It all started Tuesday night. HPD Officer Michael Zientek spotted a car speeding. Attempting to pull over the car, he says the vehicle sped off, leading him on a short but dangerous chase through a neighborhood.

"We got to speeds of 90mph," Officer Zientek said.

The car eventually came to a stop on Mustang Trail. McAndrew, who was the driver, and a Stephen Herman, his passenger, were both arrested. But what shocked police is what they found in the car.

Officer Zientek said, "It was definitely an explosive device, a small explosive device."

Officer Zientek says the bomb squad had to be called to remove the explosive. He says it was obviously homemade, but forceful enough to hurt at least one person.

He says upon questioning, McAndrew denied the explosive was his. McAndrew has a criminal record dating back to 1983, including weapons charges, assault, DWI, failure to render aid and theft. Herman has past drug charges. He was picked up on an open felony parole warrant.

Police say they have no idea what McAndrew planned to do with the explosive, if anything.

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