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Pipe Bomb Forces Police Station Evacuation

POSTED April 20, 2012 9:05 a.m.

A pipe bomb found in a backpack taken to the Oakdale Police Station forced police personnel to evacuate the facility early morning Friday, April 20.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., police contacted a subject in the 400 block of South Third Avenue, making a pedestrian stop on David Lee Geren, 24.

As the officer attempted to make contact, Geren fought with the officer and ran, leaving his backpack at the scene. Officers then quickly conducted a yard-to-yard search in the area, looking for Geren, but were unable to locate him.

Police took the backpack left by Geren at the scene to the police department, where it was searched. It had a pipe bomb in it, with the police station being evacuated as a result. The Stanislaus County Bomb Squad was called in, responded to the police station and detonated the device.

Geren, who is being sought by police, is wanted for resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer and possession of an explosive device.

He is described as a white male adult, 24 years old, five feet, six inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Officer Anderson at 209-847-2231.

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