Schwarzenegger declares state of emergency over San Diego County bomb house
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a state of emergency declaration that gives San Diego County additional legal authority to seize and destroy an Escondido-area home that authorities described as a bomb-making factory.
Meanwhile, a 54-year-old man accused in the case has told authorities that he robbed three banks in San Diego, according to a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday.
George Djura Jakubec, a Serbian emigre and naturalized U.S. citizen, told San Diego County sheriff's deputies during a jailhouse interview that he had robbed Bank of America branches on Nov. 13, 2009; June 25, 2010; and July 17, 2010.
Jakubec is charged with the June and July bank robberies, along with 26 bombmaking charges. He has pleaded not guilty in San Diego County Superior Court and is due back in court Friday.
The affidavit provides no information on Jakubec's motive for his alleged stockpiling of chemicals and other materials needed to build explosives. None of the charges involved the sale or use of explosives.
County officials announced Tuesday night that they plan to burn down the house at Via Scott just outside the Escondido city limits that Jakubec was renting. A controlled burn is the only safe way to destroy the explosives, Sheriff Bill Gore told several hundred attendees at a town-hall style meeting this week.
The fire is set for next week, but could be delayed due to weather conditions.
After the June 25 robbery, witnesses told the FBI that the robber placed the money inside a green ammunition box. The robber was described as about 60 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, and 160 to 175 pounds.
Jakubec, an unemployed software consultant who was on probation on a burglary conviction, remains in jail on $5-million bond. His estranged wife has said he is mentally unstable.
Along with the bombmaking materials, authorities found handguns, masks and wigs in the house. Computers, written documents and surveillance cameras were also seized; authorities hope they may provide a clue to Jakubec's motives.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Surveillance of a bank robber at a Bank of America branch in San Diego on June 25, a crime that accused bombmaker George Jakubec says he committed. Credit: FBI