Two arrested after bogus call, bomb scare



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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:14 PM

CEDAR PARK -- A hit-and-run call outside a Cedar Park Walmart turned into a bomb scare with two people being arrested.

Police were called at 6:44 p.m. Sunday to the Walmart on U.S. 183 and East Whitestone Boulevard.

Officers say they investigated and found there was no hit-and-run. They arrested Angelica Alarcon, 21, for filing a false report.

Nicholas Salinas, 31, pulled up to the scene to help Alarcon. Police say he told them he is on probation for a controlled substance.

“The officers keyed in on the fact he was acting kind of suspicious and had a drug dog walk around his car,” said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix. “The dog alerted, so they did a probable cause search of the vehicle.”

According to an arrest affidavit, officers found a glass pipe inside his vehicle and meth in his pocket. Officers also found two pipe bombs, one in the trunk of his car.

The Austin Police Department Bomb Squad safely removed the bombs using a robot.

Cedar Park officers searched Salinas’ home in Liberty Hill. They found no other bomb making materials, but they did find firearms. He’s not allowed to have them because he has a past felony drug conviction.

Salinas is in the Williamson County Jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prohibited weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

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