New details from APD, evacuated neighbor after explosion in southwest Amarillo

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — More than 24 hours after an explosion in southwest Amarillo, investigators from the APD Bomb Team remained on the scene.

The Amarillo Police Department reported Tuesday that some people were able to return to their homes after evacuating in the evening hours on Monday, July 26.

Amarillo Fire Crews were called the the 3600 block of Lenwood Drive on Monday for a possible explosion.

APD said AFD found there was an explosion and that there were components to make explosives in the alley, backyard, and home.

Police were called and Erfan Salmanzadeh, 32, was detained at the scene.

APD said he was later arrested for Possession of Components of Explosives, a third degree felony, and was booked into the Randall County Jail.

APD said its Bomb Team has been working with the FBI and Homeland Security to secure the area. The FBI and Homeland Security said Amarillo Police took the lead on the case.

APD Sgt. Carla Burr said on Tuesday afternoon that securing the area could take quite a bit longer, as the Bomb Team works with Federal Agencies to make the area is safe.

“We want to make sure that all parties involved get the information needed so we can investigate this incident thoroughly. Whatever charges end up being filed, that we can make sure we have all the evidence for that and again continue to make this a safe area for officers and the citizens that live here before we leave,” said Sgt. Burr.

Sgt. Burr said of the 14 homes APD said were evacuated on Monday, two families are sheltering in place and the rest are still evacuated. That includes Jake Maldonaldo who lives on the block.

“Since six o’clock yesterday, I have not been able to really like sleep in my own house or anything. So it’s been a it’s been a real, really crappy situation,” said Maldonaldo on Tuesday.

Maldonado said was able to go in and out for necessities, like taking his dogs out, but he is ready for things to return to normal.

“It’s one of those things that we can only hope that it gets settled quick. That way, like our life on this block can get back to normal. Other than that, I mean, it is what it is.”

As for the suspect, Sgt. Burr said as of Tuesday night, there is no new information they can share.

“Everything that we’re obtaining gathering information is all part of the ongoing investigation. But as we have any more if there’s anything that we can release that is that is for the public safety, we will definitely get that out,” said Sgt. Burr.

Maldonaldo said the news about his neighbor came as a surprise.

“I’m just like, wow. I’ve know my guy for like, well, I’ve never—I didn’t know the guy but I’ve seen the guy for as long as I’ve lived here. And I mean yeah, there’s little like, ‘Hey, hello,’ kind of stuff. Other than that, though, like really never talked to the guy,” said Maldonado.

Sgt. Burr said APD is not looking for any additional suspects right now, but APD is asking anyone with more information to call police or Amarillo Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

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