Palm Springs Pipe Bomb Suspect Captured
PALM DESERT - A man who walked away from an Inland Empire halfway house while awaiting trial for allegedly planting pipe bombs around Palm Springs in 2012 has been arrested.
48-Year-Old Edward Allen Costa will be making a court appearance this afternoon.
RIVERSIDE - The FBI today is announcing a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a fugitive accused of planting a string if pipe bombs around Palm Springs in 2012.
This is the press release from the FBI:
Riverside, CA - A reward of $10,000 is being offered by the FBI in exchange for information leading to the capture of a man indicted on federal charges of illegally possessing pipe bombs left in residential neighborhoods in the Palm Springs in 2012.
Edward Allen Costa, 48, was indicted on September 11, 2013 on six counts of possessing unregistered destructive devices (pipe bombs) and one count of escape from custody. Costa, who pleaded guilty last year to being a felon in possession of a firearm, allegedly walked away from a halfway house in Rubidoux in August 2013.
A poster with Costa’s DMV photo and description is featured on the FBI’s website at this link:http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/edward-allen-costa/view
The indictment alleges that Costa illegally possessed six pipes bombs that were left in various locations in Palm Springs from May 8 through May 12 last year. Costa was initially charged in relation to the pipe bombs in a criminal complaint filed in June 2012, but those charges were dismissed to allow additional investigation. When that complaint was dismissed, Costa was charged in another case of being a convicted felon in possession of a .357-magnum revolver, as well as 106 rounds of ammunition.
Costa pleaded guilty late last year to the felon-in-possession charge, and he was sentenced in January by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips to one year and one day in federal prison. By August, the Bureau of Prisons had assigned Costa to a residential re-entry center in Rubidoux. According to court documents, Costa signed out of the facility in order to go to a state-run employment office, but he never returned. Costa was initially charged with escape in a criminal complaint filed in federal court on August 16.
FBI PRESS RELEASE
LOS ANGELES FIELD OFFICE
Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives had continued to investigate the case involving the pipe bombs. That investigation concluded in September when a federal grand jury in Riverside returned the seven-count indictment against Costa.
The charge of possession of an unregistered destructed device carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The escape charge carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Costa, is currently a fugitive being sought by federal authorities.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the FBI at this 24-hour number: 888-CANT HIDE (888-226-8443).