A 50-year-old man who was arrested Saturday after turning in a pipe bomb to Glendale police allegedly told officers that two men were trying to kill him, so he built the device for protection.
Saro Akhverdyan is expected to appear in the Los Angeles County Superior Court this week in connection with possessing the destructive device, which was safely detonated late Saturday outside police headquarters. No one was injured during the incident.
Akhverdyan made the device after he suspected two men, on separate occasions, tried to track him down and kill him, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Akhverdyan, a Glendale resident, was “paranoid,” Lorenz said, because he was certain the men were after him, although he was unable to articulate who they were.
Akhverdyan allegedly told police he built the 6-inch-long and 3-inch-wide pipe bomb, which contained bullets, pellets and gun powder, for protection.