|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
December 19, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING PIPE BOMB MATERIALS AND ILLEGAL FIREARMS
SANTA ANA – A man has been charged with illegally possession firearms and materials to make an explosive device in his Costa Mesa home. Baylor Eldric Maggenti, 66, Costa Mesa, is charged with one felony count each of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and possession of an assault weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison. Maggenti is being held on $150,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Dec. 19, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On Dec. 17, 2012, the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) received a tip that the defendant was in possession of explosive material in the building on Whittier Avenue where he lived and had a wood-working business.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., CMPD searched the property. Maggenti is accused of being in possession of pipe bomb-making materials including explosive powder, fuses, galvanized pipes, and other items. No completed, assembled bombs were found. Maggenti is also accused of being in possession of multiple firearms, including illegally possessing a short-barrel shotgun and assault weapon.
The defendant was arrested at the scene by CMPD and the investigation is ongoing.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Duff of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.