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Home of alleged bomb maker in Escondido too dangerous to enter [Updated]

November 25, 2010 |  8:48 am

The house in Escondido in northern San Diego County where large quanities of bomb-making materials have been found remains too dangerous for explosive experts to enter, the County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The resident, George Jakubec, 54, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Serbia, remains in jail, charged with possession of explosive devices, possession of bomb-making materials, bank robbery and burglary.

Jakubec has pleaded not guilty, with bail set at $5 million. Prosecutors said he is an unemployed software consultant.

The house came to the attention of authorities when a gardener was hurt in an explosion.

On Sunday, the Sheriff's Department bomb squad entered the house, retreating after seizing evidence that included homemade grenades. On Wednesday, the squad reentered the house, finding it "extremely cluttered, making movement and observation extremely difficult."

In a storage area outside the house, authorities found containers of hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and sulfuric acid and 50 pounds of hexamine, a bomb-making material, authorities said.

{Also found were blasting caps and a quantity of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a powerful plastic explosive known as PETN and considered a "weapon of choice" of would-be terrorists including the so-called "shoe-bomber," Richard Reid.] Updated: 4:30pm.

"Proactive operations on site have been suspended," the Sheriff's Department said. "Explosive material and hazardous chemicals remain within the house."

Local, state and federal explosives experts are conferring about a plan to reenter the house and remove the materials. No further action is expected until Dec. 1 at the earliest.

The charges against Jakubec do not include any allegations that he had used or sold any explosive devices, according to court documents. He apparently lived alone in the home; his estranged wife attended his court arraignment Monday.

Police have seized computers at the home in hopes of determining a motive for the alleged crimes.


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