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Suspect in explosion case booked into Yolo jail

January 20, 2013

UPDATE: Jan. 20, 2013 — David Snyder, 32, was booked into the Yolo County Jail at 2:30 p.m. today following his arrest yesterday on charges related to a Jan. 17 explosion in a campus apartment, according to UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael. Bail was set at $2 million.

UC Davis police arrest suspect in explosion case

January 19, 2013

UC Davis police today (Jan. 19) arrested David Snyder, 32, in connection with a Jan. 17 explosion in an apartment in the Russell Park housing complex on campus.

Snyder was arrested on felony counts of possessing an explosive, possessing materials with the intent to make a destructive device, and possessing firearms on campus.

Arraignment will take place at Yolo County Superior Court after Snyder is booked into the Yolo County Jail. Because of injuries he sustained during the explosion, Snyder cannot be booked at this time.

UC Davis officials also announced that they have placed Snyder on investigatory leave from his short-term job as a junior researcher in a campus chemistry lab. Snyder’s two-month appointment expires Jan. 31.

“While we have no information to suggest that Mr. Snyder was plotting some broader crime on the campus, in today’s environment the potential safety risk to the community must be taken extremely seriously,” said UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael. 

“We are relieved that the explosion was not worse and that no members of our community other than Snyder were injured,” he said.    

Following the explosion, campus police searched Snyder’s apartment and discovered materials that can be used in making bombs, along with firearms. Some of the chemicals were found to be unsafe and were disposed of in an open area east of campus. 

Snyder was specifically charged with felony violations of California Penal Code 18715, possession of an explosive, and California Penal Code 18720, possession of any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive. He was also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm on campus, Penal Code 626.9(i).

Police are continuing to investigate the case and more charges may follow.

Snyder received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UC Davis in 2004 and a Ph.D., also in chemistry, in December 2011. After earning his doctorate, he held a temporary one-year research appointment through UCSF that allowed him to work at UC Davis. That position ended in November. His current temporary job with UC Davis began in December.

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