Two people arrested in N. Spokane car bombing

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 7 at 8:21 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Robert Showers, 45, and Siaosilepelenise Tuaimalo, 31, were arrested  in connection to an improvised explosive placed underneath a car on June 29.

"I've been praying for them and praying for the young people and praying to get it to stop because we just feel it's ruining lives," said Beverly Varcoe, a neighbor. "We've been concerned for a long time and actually glad to see somethign happening." 

Spokane Police helped the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives execute a federal search warrant at a home in the 2100 block of E. Lacrosse on Friday afternoon.

Police said they used a robot to go inside of the home because of the nature of the case.

Streets in the area were blocked in all directions but were reopened late Friday night. Neighbors said there had been ongoing problems with the house.

"I really didn't know what was going on but I was gald they were there because those have been problem houses for a long time a very long time," said Shannon Bickell, a neighbor.

Officials said the bomb went off around 4:45 a.m. June 29. There were no injuries and no fire broke out according to the Spokane Police Department.

The FBI confirmed that the explosion on North Monroe and Central was from a bomb placed purposely underneath the passenger side of a vehicle.

The FBI said the car was last driven three days prior to the explosion. The car was leaking gas when investigators were examining it at the scene.

Showers faces charges of possession of explosives by a prohibited person.  Tuaimalo faces charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

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