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It happened over two years ago; the store is gone now, but justice has been served

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - For at least the next five years, 47-year-old Monte Robin Kaija Jr. will be behind bars in federal prison for setting off a pipe bomb in the former Fred Meyer store at S.E. Foster Road and 82nd Avenue. Area residents were stunned, when, on May 21, 2016, a pipe bomb exploded in a grocery aisle of the Fred Meyer store on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses at Foster Road. The store has since closed, but the story was reported in THE BEE at the time.

Investigators at the scene discovered fragments of white plastic PVC pipe and caps, electrical tape, and a granular power-like substance that was later analyzed by the Oregon State Police Lab.

According to court documents, a DNA profile collected from a small piece of electrical tape identified 47-year-old Monte Robin Kaija Jr. as the culprit. Officers arrested him on August 31, 2016, in a motorhome on S.E. 96th Avenue, where they also discovered a homemade metal pipe bomb.

On July 16 of this year, Kaija was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for detonating that pipe bomb, and for possessing another metal pipe bomb. Upon completion of his nearly-six-year prison sentence, Kaija will be on supervised release for three years.

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