Tempe Teen Joshua Prater Busted With an IED Thanks to Cleaning Lady, Cops Say

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A woman cleaning a house in Tempe stumbled upon a teenager's improvised explosive device yesterday.

Joshua Prater, an 18-year-old senior at Marcos de Niza High School, told police yesterday that he built the device when he was 10 years old, and said he didn't know it was filled with explosive powder, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

The device was made out of an empty carbon-dioxide cartridge, with low-explosive powder, match heads, and fireworks inside, with a hobby fuse.

Tempe Police Sergeant Mike Pooley said police have determined it to be a "legitimate" IED.

Court documents state that the device "meets the definition" of an IED, as defined in state law.

The cleaning lady -- who actually dropped off the device at a Tempe fire station -- also found more materials in the house, which she took pictures of and turned over to police.

Neither police nor a prosecutor at Prater's initial court hearing mentioned any malicious intent by Prater, but the state's attorney said due to "recent events," the cleaning lady finding the device in Prater's bedroom is "not something that we can take lightly."

The judge noted that pre-trial services deemed Prater a "low risk" to society, but she agreed with the prosecutor about the "recent events," setting Prater's bond at $10,000.

Prater's facing a felony charge of possessing a prohibited weapon.

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kate3
kate3

This story is ridiculous! I agree with the logical people posting on the site---it was a kid with a cartridge sized "device" that he probably used out in the desert with his friends. The cleaning lady should be fired and arrested for stealing and the media should be shamed for blasting J´s photo all over the internet that will follow him FOREVER. (and I`m pretty sure he hasn´t been convicted of anything yet, so shame on you for saying he was busted).


Bubba8989
Bubba8989

maybe there was a time when kids could fool around with fireworks and other incendiary devices.  I've known kids who've had their fingers blown off.

We live in different times now.   Most teens have a sense of what risky behaviors to avoid.  Some don't.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Seems top me the cleaning lady who apparently stole the "device" is the one with documented possession of the "IED".  Or, was until the kid ratted himself out or whatever. I bet transporting it was a crime, too. The legislators have really dumbed down their definitions in recent decades. One can get several years in the federal pen for a cherry bomb.

logicman
logicman

I'm not buying this one.  Sounds more like a kid messing around with fireworks.  

jasonxoc
jasonxoc

whhhhat? When I was a kid I blew up gas cans and my idiot friends and I tried to make napalm and all that stupid crap. We made "IED"s out of fireworks all the time. I almost set the house on fire and got my ass kicked by my dad... 

doglover
doglover

A "low risk"?  Dumbass + explosive = fucked up situation

Imjustavisitorhere
Imjustavisitorhere

@kate3 I don't trust housekeepers. My mom's are CONSTANTLY asking her for her "old things" and we all suspect they help themselves to "extra" rolls of toilet paper, paper towels, batteries and the like. My mom was recovering from surgery and on painkillers and gave the housekeeper my grandmother's cameo necklace- of course the fucking housekeeper accepted it. I can't' stand them- but my mom thinks I'm "over reacting". I want to call ICE on the maids. They aren't to be trusted.

Imjustavisitorhere
Imjustavisitorhere

@jasonxoc that's how things are now- everything's criminalized! We are all going to have felonies now so we'll never get a decent job or pass any kind of security clearances, while the elites get away with pedophilia and immensely crooked bank thefts.

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