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March 25, 2023

Photo released of suspect connected to homemade bomb

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office released a photo and more information on the man wanted in connection with a homemade bomb found in a Nash Road home Friday.

According to the statement from the sheriff’s office:

Recently, deputies from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a male named Ansley Godoy. A net result of the stop was an arrest for possession of controlled substances for sale, a felony, and Godoy was released after his arrest.

A search warrant was authored and signed. That warrant was served at approximately 7:30 a.m. today. During the search, deputies located two firearms (rifle and pistol), ammunition, narcotics, narcotic paraphernalia and suspected explosive devices.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called in to assist in regard to the explosives. Once on-scene, the bomb squad detonated a device in an empty parcel at Homestead Ave and Nash Road. The parcel and the apartment are near the San Benito High School campus, but a very safe distance away in regard to the explosives located. There was never any type of threat to the campus and/or the students. The explosive was relatively small, designed to inflict injury to a person very close to it. Numerous other suspicious items were located that appeared to be explosives and/or IEDs. After the bomb squad robot was able to X-ray them, they were determined to be inert.

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office is thankful for our partnerships with Hollister Police Department, Hollister Fire Department, the City of Hollister, and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. Each of these agencies was instrumental in the safe handling of this event.

Godoy, 31, is wanted for weapons and narcotics violations and is thought to be in Modesto.