inyo deputies and dynamite investigation

Inyo County deputies work to finish an investigation last Thursday at a Lone Pine hotel after a report of a domestic dispute and after a California Highway Patrol officer discovered a stick of dynamite a guest had in one of the hotel rooms.

A Glenwood, Colo., man was arrested last Thursday morning after law enforcement officers discovered him at a Lone Pine motel with a stick of dynamite, according to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on March 10, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a domestic dispute inside one of the rooms of the Quality Inn Motel in Lone Pine.Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded to the call. Upon arrival, the male subject provided two false names, but was later identified as David Iuele, a 33-year-old man from Glenwood, Colorado.

During Iuele’s interview with a deputies, a female subject left the room to take her dog outside near the back of the motel. A CHP officer was watching the female subject and noticed an orange wax paper wrapped item near the back door of the motel room. After realizing the item was a stick of dynamite, the CHP officer placed the device in an open area approximately 10 yards from the motel.

After Ieule admitted the device was his, he was arrested and booked into the Inyo County Jail for transporting an explosive device, PC 18715(a)(2), and placing a destructive device in a public area, PC 18725 – both felony charges. Additionally he was charged with providing false identification, PC 148.9. Bail was set for $100,000.

The device was safely removed from the area and disposed of by the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.

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