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Man, woman arrested after homemade bomb detonates in Longview yard

From Staff Reports
Nov. 1, 2011 at 5:26 a.m.

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with a chemical bomb that detonated in the backyard of a Longview residence.

According to police reports, 20-year-old Celeste Marie Tebow, of Longview and 30-year-old Benjamin Enloe Hilton, of Gladewater were arrested at about 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of East Hawkins Parkway.

Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Wimberly Street at about 11:45 p.m. Monday night after the victim reported that a chemical bomb went off in the backyard of his home.

Police found the remnants of two homemade bombs in the backyard. The devices "appeared to be constructed of a plastic bottle, tin foil and an unknown liquid."

The victim told police she suspected that it was Hilton who detonated the bomb because of an "ongoing feud."

Police made contact with Tebow and Hilton at Summer Green Apartments in the 100 block of East Hawkins Parkway.

During a search of Tebow's vehicle, police found tin foil, toilet bowl cleaner and latex gloves. Police say Tebow admitted that the items were used to construct a bomb.

Tebow told police that Hilton drove her to the victim's home and helped plant the device with another person in the yard.

Hilton admitted to police that he assisted in constructing and planting the bomb, according to arrest reports.

Tebow remained jailed Tuesday on $7,500 bond, charged with possessing the components of explosives. Hilton remained jailed on $7,500 bond, charged with having a prohibited weapon.



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