[UPDATED with Charges:] Baylor Eldric Maggenti Held After Material to Make IED Bombs, Cache of 34 Guns Found

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See the update at the end of this post with the charges and possible sentence facing the suspect.

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ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 18, 5:21 P.M.: A 66-year-old man who was apparently living in a commercial business park in Costa Mesa was arrested Monday for possessing gun powder, fuse material and other materials sufficient to make improvised explosive devices, police say.

No assembled IEDs were found, but 34 firearms also in the possession of Baylor Eldric Maggenti were also seized pending "further evaluation to determine legality," according to a statement from Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero.

Included were handguns and rifles--some semi-automatic, some commemorative or collectible in nature--as well as a short-barreled shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun "with potentially illegal modifications," Dondero said.

Police had received "credible information" Monday about a person who may have been in possession of illegal explosive materials at the commercial business park at 1835 Whittier Ave., according to Dondero.

Detectives contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Intelligence Assessment Center and the sheriff's Bomb Squad about the tip, which led to a search warrant being served at the Whittier Avenue address at 6 p.m. Monday. That's when investigators found the IED material and firearms.

Maggenti was contacted during the search and subsequently arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing explosive-making materials. He was later booked into Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

UPDATE, DEC. 19, 1:51 P.M.: Baylor Eldric Maggenti has been charged with one felony count each of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and possession of an assault weapon, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced this afternoon.

If convicted, the Costa Mesa 66-year-old faces up to five years and four months in state prison. His bail has  been increased to $150,000 pending a scheduled arraignment today at the Central Jail in Santa Ana.

The OCDA statement reveals Maggenti has a wood-working business in the Whittier Avenue commercial building where he also resides.  

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jalokavich
jalokavich

I've read the articles on Mr. Maggenti and the language suggests that he is guilty. however the language is designed by the CostaMesa P.D as guilt by association. Cache & stockpile suggest that Mr. Maggenti had ill intent in mind while possessing these weapons. We often read articles about terrorists. As we read we often find language like cache or stockpile. My advice is to reserve severe language {especially in the times we are living in} for those who have been found guilty and not presumed Innocent. C.P.D. & Dondonero should use a neutral approach when it comes to their statements about citizens of the united states of america

909Jeff
909Jeff

So far all I read here is that he was in possession of shit you can legally buy at turners or bass pro shop...

How many guns constitute a cache? How many in a stockpile? What's more a cache or a stockpile?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Ive read the articles about this and only saw that the police got an anonymous tip. Ive been trying to read where else and how the man came to the attention of the police.

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