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Oregon man is charged in bomb blast outside office of DA who was prosecuting him

Posted Nov 22, 2013 8:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An Oregon man was arrested on Wednesday in the propane-tank explosion outside a District Attorney’s office last week.

The suspect, Alan Leroy McVay, 46, was arrested outside a pizza restaurant in White City and charged with possession and manufacture of a destructive device, arson, burglary and criminal mischief, report the Medford Mail Tribune, Reuters and the Oregonian. Bond was set at $5 million.

No one was injured when the explosive device partially detonated in the early morning on Nov. 13 outside the Jackson County District Attorney’s office. The blast broke windows and started a fire. The office is prosecuting McVay in a Medford home burglary in which 30 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were stolen.

McVay’s aunt, Anita Robertson, told the Mail Tribune that McVay was homeless, he had been using drugs and he had fallen in with a bad crowd. The newspaper says he has an “extensive criminal history" in Jackson County, with arrests and convictions for drug possession, burglary and theft.

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