On Tuesday in Southern California, a bomb rocked a medical building that killed a cosmetologist and seriously injured two patrons. The crime happened at a day spa in Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.
According to Time, the bomb blew siding off the walls, exposed insulation and framing, and shattered windows. A mother and daughter were injured, and a third patron was treated for smoke inhalation.
After a thorough investigation, the FBI was able to locate a possible suspect in the bombing, arresting Stephen Beal, the boyfriend of cosmetologist Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, who was killed. Beal was arrested and charged with possessing a destructive device, but has not yet been charged in connection with Tuesday’s explosion, according to Fox News.
The woman and daughter who were injured in the explosion said that the bomb went off when the spa owner opened the package. Authorities shared that Beal called police about two hours after the explosion occurred when his current girlfriend told him about the explosion.
Nathan Beal, son of Stephen Beal, said his father built sport rockets as a hobby. They were fueled by a propellant legally available at specialty hobby shops, according to Fox News.
But when federal agents searched Beal’s home, they found two improvised explosive devices, for which he was charged – possessing an unregistered destructive device. He will appear in federal court in Santa Ana at a later date.
Beal’s son said that his father and Krajnyak had been in a relationship but had recently broken up. The attorney for Beal has not immediately commented on the situation.
The bombing in Orange County, California, is fresh on the heels of the Austin serial bombings, in which a total of five package bombs exploded, killing two people and injuring five. That suspect, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up inside his vehicle after a police chase on March 21.
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