A Murrieta man who allegedly planted explosives inside his girlfriend’s Murrieta home and threatened to burn it down was arrested today.
Kenneth Haley, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possession of destructive devices, attempted arson, possession of cocaine and receiving stolen property after Murrieta police officers served a search warrant at a residence he shares with his girlfriend in the 23800 block of Corinth Drive.
Haley is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
Bail information was not immediately available.
According to Murrieta police, around 1:20 a.m., officers received a call from a distressed woman, whose name was not disclosed, alleging that her live-in boyfriend — Haley — was threatening to torch her property.
Officers rushed to the house and conducted a search for anyone who might be injured inside, but did not find any occupants.
“However, officers did notice several explosive devices, narcotics and a distinct smell of gasoline,” said Lt. Tony Conrad.
The sheriff’s Hazardous Devices Unit was summoned to the scene to dispose of the alleged explosives, Conrad said.
As the investigation unfolded, Haley allegedly cruised by the property and was detained. After executing the search warrant and seizing the alleged incriminating evidence, Haley was arrested and booked into jail, according to Conrad.
No injuries were reported.