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Police arrest man after pipe bomb found in parents' home

SHERWOOD - A homeless man living in Sherwood is in jail after his parents reported finding a pipe bomb in their home.

Danny Joe Pedersen, 25, was arrested by Sherwood police Tuesday and charged with manufacture of a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

Monday afternoon a Sherwood resident brought a pipe bomb to the parking lot of the Sherwood Police Department, according to police reports. The man reported that he and his wife had found the improvised destructive device in their home. The device was found in a plastic gun case in an office in the home, according to Det. Sgt. Dwight Onchi with Sherwood police. A subsequent search of the home for additional improvised explosive devices was conducted. No other devices were found.

The Portland Police Bureau Explosive Disposal Unit and an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called to the city and they detonated the bomb.

The Sherwood police listed Pedersen, the couple's son, as a suspect. Police believe Pedersen was living on the streets.

Police made contact with Pedersen on Tuesday morning at the corner of Southwest Main and Spring streets. According to police reports, Pedersen admitted to making the pipe bomb and to being in possession of the bomb.

Pedersen had reportedly stayed for some time at his parents' home before being asked to leave.

When asked why he had built the device, Pedersen reportedly said because he was bored and had nothing else to do.

Onchi said Pedersen was also in possession of a forged check.

Onchi cautioned that if residents come in contact with an improvised explosive device, the first thing to do is to call the police. Do not try to move or transport the device.