Palm Springs Pipe Bomb Suspect Arrested
PALM SPRINGS - A Desert Hot Springs man is in federal police custody for suspicion of being connected to the placement of several explosive devices found last month in Palm Springs.
The Palm Springs Police Department, working in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Riverside County Sheriff's Department Hazardous Device Team, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) and Post Release Accountability and Corrections Team (PACT) Task Force, announced Friday that an arrest has been made as a result of an ongoing investigation into the series of destructive devices that were found throughout the City of Palm Springs during May.
Edward Costa, 47, of Desert Hot Springs, was arrested Thursday on a federal charge of possession of an unregistered destructive device, according to a Palm Springs media advisory released early Friday. Costa is currently in Federal custody and is expected to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon in United District Court in Riverside.
"During this investigation, members of the Palm Springs Police Department worked tirelessly alongside representatives with several local, county, state and federal agencies", said Palm Springs Police Department Chief Alberto Franz. "Their collaborative efforts led directly to the identification and arrest of the suspect. I would like to thank all those involved for their hard work and commitment to keeping our community safe."