Case # 18NF2637
CONVICTED BOMB MAKER SENTENCED TO 19 YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN STATE PRISON FOR TRANSPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES IN BREA
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Convicted bomb maker Saleh Abdallah Ali was sentenced today to 19 years and four months in state prison for the transportation and possession of destructive devices in Brea. Saleh Ali, 48, Salinas, was convicted on March 4, 2019, of two felony counts each of use of a destructive device with the intent to injure, sale and transportation of a destructive device, and reckless and malicious possession of a destructive device on a public street or highway, and one felony count of possession of materials with intent to unlawfully make destructive device.
“Saleh Ali has spent the last two decades engaged in violent behavior that has left his victims severely injured and permanently disfigured,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “It is clear he planned to continue that destruction here in Orange County. Our residents will no longer have to worry about driving down the street next to Saleh Ali and the bombs he designed and built to kill them.”
On Sept. 18, 2018, a Brea Police Department (BPD) officer conducted a traffic stop on Ali’s vehicle for expired registration tags. Ali had a suspended driver license and BPD conducted an inventory search prior to the vehicle being towed. During the inventory search, the defendant had two small destructive devices which were glass containers with improvised fuses covered in shrapnel which contained explosive material in his vehicle. BPD contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) Bomb Squad to examine the two devices. Ali had Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) or bombs, also referred to as destructive devices that would readily explode when introduced to a flame. Ali was arrested at the scene.
Ali’s Prior Criminal History
In 2001, in Passaic County, New Jersey, Ali shot at 30-year-old John Doe 1 and 17-year-old John Doe 2 with a firearm multiple times. In 2003, Ali was convicted by a jury of two counts of terroristic threats and possession of a weapon with an unlawful purpose and sentenced to state prison.
In 2001, in Passaic County, New Jersey, Ali slashed the face of 23-year-old John Doe 3 from his earlobe to his chin with a razor-like object during a verbal dispute in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot. In 2003, Ali pled guilty to aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in this case and was sentenced to state prison. The victim had to have plastic surgery and was left with a disfiguring scar.
In 2013, in Nepal, Ali threw a glass jar full of acid in the face of 39-year-old John Doe 4, a hotel manager, causing the victim to be permanently blind in his right eye and to lose 50% of his sight in his left eye. The victim’s face was cut from shards of broken glass and he suffered burn over his entire face from the acid. The victim had a total of five surgeries that were unsuccessful in restoring his vision. Ali served a two year prison sentence in Nepal for this crime.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Laird of the Special Prosecutions unit prosecuted this case.